Issue

Children and Youth

Throughout the world, wherever there is conflict or poverty, it is most likely the children and adolescents who are the most vulnerable. Their lives are endangered; their education is interrupted, and their health is compromised. Many are left homeless. Safety, play, and recreation are foreign concepts.

Pulitzer Center journalists examine the challenges children face—and explore some of the solutions. They detail the lives of children in conflict and the rehabilitation of child soldiers, the struggle of girls to obtain an education coupled with their determination and perseverance, the risks young refugees take as they leave home—and the opportunities afforded to some.

 

Children and Youth

Soudan du Sud Itinéraire d'un Enfant Soldat

In a still-nascent state, South Sudan, thousands of minors are enlisted in the government and rebel armed forces. The invisible victims of a conflict they have no control over.

Cuban Youth: A New Dawn?

The U.S. and Cuba are emerging from decades of Cold War hostility, raising expectations of sweeping change. Will Cuba’s restless 20-somethings stick around to see how their nation evolves?

Myanmar: When Child Soldiers Retire

In Myanmar the use of child soldiers remains commonplace but under increasing international pressure small numbers of them are being released from service, returning to parents who thought them dead.

Privatizing Education in Africa

This week: for-profit schools in the most impoverished places; identifying bodies from the U.S.-Mexico border; and age-based asylum in Sweden.