Violence and Vulnerability: Children’s Strategies and the Logic of Violence in Burundi

This study explores how children in conflict‐affected Burundi deal with violence in their everyday lives. Focusing on schools as a context in which children are prepared for further roles in society, child‐centred, qualitative and mixed‐methods research was conducted at 36 primary schools throughout Burundi. Findings reveal that children use a variety of strategies to deal with violence they encounter. These strategies reflect a learned ‘logic of violence’, matching dynamics of violence and vulnerability in society at large. Children’s strategies are ultimately aimed at reducing vulnerability to (future) violence and indicative of the omnipresence of violence and uncertainty in Burundi. (Photo: Children in Burundi, March 2019. Holyziner [CC BY-SA 4.0 (])

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Author(s) / editor(s)

T. Hendriks, R. Reis, M. Sostakova, L. Berckmoes

About the author(s) / editor(s)

Tanja Hendriks is a PhD candidate at the Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Ria Reis is Professor of Medical Anthropology at Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC). 

Marketa Sostakova is affiliated to Save the Children, Oslo, Norway.

Lidewyde Berckmoes is Assistant Professor Regional conflict in contemporary Africa at the African Studies Centre Leiden.

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