Protection in Practice: The protection of children's rights in situations of armed conflict. UNICEF experience in Burundi

Innocenti Publications

  • Format
  • Author(s)
    • Majekodunmi, Ben;
  • Publisher
    • UNICEF ICDC, Florence
  • Date of Publication
    • 1999
  • Pages
    • 48
  • IRC Stock Number
    • 34U
  • Publication Cost
    • free
  • Language
    • English


In 1997, UNICEF’s first international Child Protection Officer, Ben Majekodunmi, took up his post in Burundi. This publication summarizes his experience and draws lessons for future child protection activities in emergency situations. Primarily aimed at UNICEF and UN policy makers, the publication calls for the creation of a systematic child protection capacity in the field as an integral part of an overall UN strategy. The development of an agreed methodology for child rights protection in the field is still in its embryonic stages. As UNICEF’s main research arm, the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre explores new areas on behalf of the organization as a whole. This document, based upon first-hand experience, is one part of the Centre’s contribution to the development of such methodology within UNICEF and within the UN as a whole.


Thematic area

Conflict and Displacement   / 


armed conflicts   /  child protection   /  children in armed conflicts   /  children's rights   /