Protection of children during armed conflicts
25. Children need special protection in situations of armed
conflict. Recent examples in which countries and opposing factions have agreed
to suspend hostilities and adopt special measures such as "corridors of peace"
to allow relief supplies to reach women and children and "days of tranquillity"
to vaccinate and to provide other health services for children and their
families in areas of conflict need to be applied in all such situations.
Resolution of a conflict need not be a prerequisite for measures
explicitly to protect children and their families to ensure their continuing
access to food, medical care and basic services, to deal with trauma resulting
from violence and to exempt them from other direct consequences of violence and
hostilities. To build the foundation for a peaceful world where violence and war
will cease to be acceptable means for settling disputes and conflicts,
children's education should inculcate the values of peace, tolerance,