(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Benoit Daoundo is a child protection officer who works for the United Nations children’s agency (UNICEF) to help release children from armed groups in Central African Republic. “Nothing could have prepared me for my role as a child protection officer in Central African Republic. My home country, Benin, has never been at war and I had never seen children associated with armed groups before. But working with kids had always been my dream. Back home I trained as a social worker and worked with vulnerable children in Benin and local and international NGOs before joining UNICEF.