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Caring For Vulnerable Children

War Child aims to protect and support children and young people whose lives have been affected by conflict

War Child is an international children's rights charity focused on the protection and education of children and young people whose lives have been torn apart by conflict. They bridge the gap between emergency aid and long-term development, and focus on supporting the most vulnerable children in the world.

To date, the players of the People's Postcode Lottery have awarded £958,934 to War Child, allowing them to deliver lifesaving support to hundreds of thousands of children in war zones.

Zariya, whose name has been changed to protect her privacy, is ten years-old from Mosul. "When the bombers came, they thought our house was ISIS as well, so they bombed our house."

Zariya is one of the children attending the War Child Temporary Learning Space in a displacement camp in northern Iraq. The camp is a 15-minute drive from Mosul and the home she was forced to leave when it was bombed.

"My mother and aunt were in the kitchen, and my grandfather was with my brother in the hall. I was alone in the corridor."

The bombs completely destroyed the house.

Zariya was buried under the rubble for about 15 minutes before they found her. She had a large burn on her arm and some other scratches, but luckily, she was alive.

Zariya and her family are now safe and live in a tent in the camp where War Child is working. At first, Zariya was too scared to come to the War Child Temporary Learning Space.

Then Bashar, a War Child education facilitator, noticed her.

"Bashar came and talked to me and then from that day we became friends," Zariya said. "I love Bashar because she takes care of me, and she worries about me. She makes sure I'm not alone and she always walks me to class."

Zariya's story is just one example of the vital work being done every day by War Child teams on the ground in places like northern Iraq.

The military offensive to retake Mosul from the hands of ISIS is underway, and is already having catastrophic consequences for civilians. It's estimated that 1.5 million people, half of them children, are in urgent need.

The team is on the ground responding to the protection needs of the most vulnerable children who have fled the city, providing 'safe spaces' and emergency care for 6,000 boys and girls.

Children don't start wars but their homes, schools, families and communities are torn apart by war. These are the very things children rely on for protection and a chance to build a life free from poverty.

War Child UK CEO Rob Williams said, "We're incredibly grateful for the crucial and generous support from players of People's Postcode Lottery.

"War Child strives for a world where children's lives are no longer torn apart by war. Players of People's Postcode Lottery help us reach even more children and stay to support them through their recovery by keeping them safe, providing the chance to get an education, and giving them hope for the future. Thank you."

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