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  Campaign For Innocent Victims In Conflict -   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Marla Ruzicka, founder of The Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict or CIVIC, was...
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 Blogger: Email Post to a Friend   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
In her new endeavor she was guided partly by her genuine concern for the defenseless victims of the conflict and partly by political forces that continued to exploit those concerns.
Of course, there were many innocent victims of ongoing conflicts in the world, the most obvious being fl Africans in the Sudan singled out for slaughter and slavery by its Muslim Arab rulers, and the Israeli civilians deliberately targeted by Palestinian suicide bombers.
But her concern for the victims was deep and sincere (whatever happened to those "human shields" now that they could be useful?), and she and her Iraqi colleague Faiz, apparently slain in the same attack, will be sorely mourned.
www.blogger.com /email-post.g?blogID=10517790&postID=111939283052680451   (2457 words)

 Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict (CIVIC) is a small aid organization working in Iraq and Afghanistan to help victims of conflict.
CIVIC works to document an accurate accounting of civilian damage and push for assistance from the US government for those harmed.
In 2003, CIVIC organized 150 surveyors in Iraq to interview victims for detailed information about deaths, injuries, and property loss in an effort at that time avouched by the Guardian as the "most accurate survey" being conducted
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Campaign_for_Innocent_Victims_in_Conflict   (178 words)

 CIVIC Worldwide   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Marla Ruzicka, center, founded Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict to aid civilians in war-torn areas and secure reparations for families.
She traveled repeatedly to danger zones in Afghanistan and Iraq to locate people who were killed or injured in the U.S. military campaign, document their travails and then secure compensation for them or their families.
Rieser said Ruzicka helped focus attention on the problem of collateral victims, and what resulted was a precedent-setting approach that moves beyond the cash payments the military favors.
www.civicworldwide.org /press/press_082304-post.htm   (1045 words)

 Awesome Library - Social_Studies
There are precious few who have the courage to stand up and demand justice for all the victims of conflict wherever they may be.
She was a do-gooder to war victims, social maven, matchmaker and caretaker to many by simply taking the time to ask us how we were doing.
She gave her young life to help the innocent victims of the Iraq war.
www.awesomelibrary.org /Classroom/Social_Studies/World_Peace/Heroes_and_Heroism/Ruzicka,_Marla.html   (1720 words)

 Harvard International Review: A Civic Project   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
But mostly, we seek to make sure that victims of conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan are not forgotten.
We also want to conduct our type of surveying during a conflict—as the conflict is going—to see how people were hurt and to advocate immediate assistance for those particular families and individuals, so they can have peace and reconciliation.
Victims of violence, terrorism, and war—we want them not to be forgotten, we want a process that accounts for them.
hir.harvard.edu /articles/index.html?id=1221   (1088 words)

 Civilian War Victims Advocate Marla Ruzicka Mourned (Human Rights Watch, April 18, 2005)
The 28-year-old Ruzicka, founder of the non-governmental Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict (CIVIC), was killed by a suicide bomber while traveling on the Baghdad Airport road on Saturday.
Ruzicka and her colleagues at CIVIC (nearly all local volunteers) worked to identify victims individually, gathering detailed information about the circumstances of their injury, their personal lives, and the impact of the war on them.
With the beginning of the war in Iraq, she expanded her own campaign there, and successfully lobbied the U.S. government to set aside 10 million dollars to compensate Iraqi victims.
www.hrw.org /english/docs/2005/04/18/iraq10504_txt.htm   (638 words)

 ReliefWeb » Document Preview » Baghdad car bomb kills US humanitarian worker
Marla Ruzicka, 27, who headed the Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict (CIVIC), a non-governmental organisation that lobbied to get financial compensation for civilian casualties of war, was driving toward the airport when her vehicle was targeted by a suicide car bomb, the US embassy said.
The nationality of the other victims and their relation to Ruzicka were not immediately known, Hobson said, adding the attack was under investigation.
She had helped lobby the Senate for a 10-million-dollar appropriation for conflict victims in Iraq.
www.reliefweb.int /rw/RWB.NSF/db900SID/MHII-6BK3M3?OpenDocument   (276 words)

 Glasgow Herald 23 May 2003   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Despite US boasts this was the fastest, most clinical campaign in military history, a first snapshot of "collateral damage" indicates that between 5000 and 10,000 Iraqi non-combatants died in the course of the hi-tech blitzkrieg.
The independent US-based Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict (Civic) has sent out 150 volunteers to interview victims' families and record injuries and damage to property.
Reporters for news agencies based in Baghdad during the invasion are fairly consistent in claiming between 2300 and 2600 civilian victims of the US-led air attacks on the city.
www.iraqbodycount.net /coverage/gherald_23may2003.php   (560 words)

 The Capital Times   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Her work in those places gave voice to the innocents who have been killed, maimed and impoverished by the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Ruzicka's death alerted millions of new people to her work with the Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict (CIVIC), the organization she founded in April 2003 to count casualties, provide assistance and pressure the U.S. government to take responsibility for the innocent civilians harmed by U.S. forces.
And the best way to ensure that her legacy continues is by contributing to CIVIC at its Web site (www.civicworldwide.org) or by mail at: Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict, 1605 Connecticut Ave.
www.madison.com /tct/opinion/index.php?ntid=38602&ntpid=0   (512 words)

 One Shot © 2004   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Marla Ruzicka founded the Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict (CIVIC), an organization that assists Iraqi victims of the 2003 US invasion of Iraq.
Following the fall of Baghdad to the US-led coalition in April 2003, her CIVIC activities focused on the organization of door-to-door surveys to obtain first-hand accounts of civilian casualties that had been killed, injured, abused, displaced, or made homeless as a result of military action.
Marla was free indeed, and it seems likely that her significant campaigning legacy will remain a potentially divisive topic of conversation in American political circles for a number of years to come.
www.1sd.org   (1120 words)

 Iraq's civilian tragedies
It seems she was far better known in Iraq, where she established a reputation for fearlessness and a determination to succeed with her task: to draw attention to the civilians killed or wounded in the ongoing conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Two years ago, she started an organization she called Campaign for Innocent Victims of Conflict.
Ruzicka's lasting memorial should be that we, as the American society, acknowledge all the victims of the still deadly Iraq conflict.
www.sfgate.com /cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2005/04/19/EDGFVCA1I01.DTL   (301 words)

 CIVIC Worldwide
CIVIC seeks to mitigate the impact of war and its aftermath by ensuring that timely and effective assistance is provided to unintended victims of conflict.
While we are deeply saddened by the loss of Marla and Faiz who carried out CIVIC’s mission on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan and in the U.S., we are more committed than ever to continuing the work that they started.
CIVIC is building on and institutionalizing the work of identifying and helping civilian casualties and victims.
www.civicworldwide.org   (340 words)

 Friends for a Non-Violent World
Marla Ruzicka, founder of Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict, died Saturday in the blast, which also killed an Iraqi and another foreigner, officials said.
Medea Benjamin, the group’s director, said Ruzicka was a “pretty, peppy, vivacious young woman who wanted to learn about the world.” Ruzicka worked on projects ranging from AIDS in Africa to the travel embargo against Cuba, she said.
Others included Margaret Hassan, a British aid worker who was abducted in Baghdad in October and later shown on video pleading for her life, and four workers for a Southern Baptist missionary group who were trying to find a way to provide clean water to people in the northern city of Mosul.
www.fnvw.org /index.geni?mode=content&id=10031   (644 words)

 Lakeport mourns its loss / Town recalls lively spirit of activist killed in Baghdad
On Saturday, the 28-year-old activist and the Iraqi citizen with whom she was working on the campaign that had consumed her since the start of the war - - helping the innocent victims of that conflict -- were killed by a suicide bomber near the Baghdad airport.
Her pressure campaign eventually won her friends in the military, and several high-ranking officers came to rely on her information as they doled out ever-increasing amounts of cash to victims' families.
She was working on getting compensation for 10 families of war victims and had made contacts with untold numbers of others -- but much of that information was "wrapped up in her head," said Justin Alexander, a volunteer with the Christian Peacemakers Team in Iraq.
sfgate.com /cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2005/04/19/MNGO4CB6UP1.DTL   (1213 words)

 Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Death Of Marla Ruzicka
Marla was the founder of a humanitarian organization called "Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict," which is devoted to helping the families of Afghan and Iraqi civilians who have been killed or suffered other losses as a result of U.S. military operations.
To my knowledge, this is the first time we have ever provided this type of assistance to civilian victims of U.S. military operations, and it would never have happened without the initiative, the courage, and the incomparable force of character of Marla Ruzicka.
I think one of the reasons so many people around the world feel Marla's loss so deeply is because we saw how important her work was and that it meant taking risks that the rest of us are unwilling to take.
leahy.senate.gov /press/200504/041805a.html   (1021 words)

 Green Party of California Press Release
Ruzicka, who was from Lakeport, California, was the founder of Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict (CIVIC), which negotiated with the U.S. government for monies for civilian victims of the war in Iraq.
She was in Iraq most recently to conduct door-to-door surveys to determine the number of civilian casualties in the war.
She will be missed by all who were fortunate enough to know her, and to be touched by her incomparable energy and commitment," he added.
www.cagreens.org /press/pr050418.htm   (261 words)

 Armenian Allegations of Genocide - Main Issues - Government & Policy - Turkish Embassy.org - Republic of Turkey   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
A century of ever-increasing conflict, beginning roughly in 1820 and culminating with the founding of the Republic of Turkey in 1923, characterized the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire.
Any attempt to challenge the credibility of witnesses, or the authenticity of documents, or to present evidence that some of the claimed victims were responsible for their own fate is either wholly squelched or met with accusations of genocide denial.
Moreover, any attempt to demonstrate the suffering and needless death of millions of innocent non-Christians enmeshed in the same events as the Anatolian Armenians is greeted with sneers, as if to say that some lives are inherently more valuable than others and that one faith is more deserving than another.
www.turkishembassy.org /governmentpolitics/issuesarmenian.htm   (3712 words)

 AP Tallies 3,240 Civilian Deaths in Iraq - Global Policy Forum - UN Security Council
Many of the dead were never taken to hospitals, either buried quickly by their families in accordance with Islamic custom, or lost under rubble.
The AP excluded all counts done by hospitals whose written records did not distinguish between civilian and military dead, which means hundreds, possibly thousands, of victims in Iraq's largest cities and most intense battles aren't reflected in the total.
One survey is being done by the advocacy group Human Rights Watch, another by the Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict, which hopes to win U.S. compensation for victims or their relatives.
www.globalpolicy.org /security/issues/iraq/attack/2003/0610aptallies.htm   (1158 words)

 Labour Friends of Iraq
Marla Ruzicka (1976-2005) was the founder of the Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict.
Marla was murdered by a suicide bomber in Iraq on 16 April along with Faiz Ali Salim—the Iraq country director of the Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict.
She was tireless and ubiquitous in her work, which was to get compensation for Iraqi victims of war from the U.S. military.
www.labourfriendsofiraq.org.uk /archives/000438.html   (862 words)

 Hudson Mohawk IMC: Remebering a Friend Killed in Iraq, Marla Ruzicka
Marla was working for a humanitarian organization she founded called CIVIC (Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict), which documents cases of innocent civilians hurt by war.
Marla Ruzicka was founder of the Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict.
She was a passionate, facts-driven advocate who cared about the individual lives of victims so often kept out of our collective conscience by being described as "collateral damage." No, she urged, they count, too.
hm.indymedia.org /newswire/display/10597/index.php   (7431 words)

 USATODAY.com - U.S. activist killed in Iraq remembered   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
LAKEPORT, Calif. (AP) — Marla Ruzicka was a passionate defender of human rights and the victims of war, eventually giving her life to the cause that was her passion.
On April 16, Ruzicka became one of the civilian casualties in the conflict — killed in a car bombing in Baghdad, along with her interpreter and another foreigner.
Ruzicka traveled to Iraq before the March 2003 U.S.-led invasion and later founded a group called CIVIC, the Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict, whose aim was to tally the number of Iraqi civilian deaths in the war.
www.usatoday.com /news/world/2005-04-24-activist-funearl_x.htm   (774 words)

 iraqi wannabe: justin alexander’s blog   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
This is still the most detailed attempt to gather specific data about specific victims, and whenever I have read out lists of the dead at protests, such as in Chicago in January, I have always used this data.
Marla held a belief which one who think uncontroversial, that innocent victims in conflict or their families should receive some kind of restitution.
Much more tragic, she would say, are the thousands of civilians victims in Iraq and many other countries, particularly children, who never had any choice about being in a conflict zone.
www.justinalexander.net /2005/04/innocent-victim.htm   (1197 words)

 Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center: newswire/32102   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
I can assure you, we will continue to shine a spotlight on innocent victims of war and ensure that their crucial work is continued.
As she struggled to build her own organization, Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict, Ruzicka began shuttling between Baghdad, an office in New York and her parents' home in the Bay area.
Following the US invasion of Afghanistan, Marla traveled to Afghanistan with a Global Exchange delegation and she was so moved by the plight of the civilian victims that she dedicated the rest of her too short life to helping innocent victims of war.
www.ucimc.org /newswire/display/32102/index.php   (3409 words)

 Victims' Champion Is Killed in Iraq (washingtonpost.com)
BAGHDAD, April 17 -- In a one-woman battle for the victims of war, 28-year-old Marla Ruzicka won over Congress and the U.S. military, persuading the United States to free a precedent-setting $20 million for civilians it injured by mistake in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Ruzicka was killed Saturday on Baghdad's most dangerous road when a suicide bomber aiming for a U.S. convoy pulled up alongside her and detonated his explosives.
Two years ago, she founded a Washington-based organization called Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict.
www.washingtonpost.com /wp-dyn/articles/A61492-2005Apr17.html   (911 words)

 FrontPage magazine.com :: Who Killed Marla Ruzicka? by David Horowitz and Ben Johnson
But Marla’s radical trajectory had set her on a course that would have prevented her from embracing the first of these humanitarian concerns and that made the second not a primary or even secondary agenda.
Still, even in these familiar war zones, the most obvious civilian victims were those targeted by the terrorist forces not those unintentionally hit by the forces attempting to thwart them.
It had done this despite the fact that its hyperbolic cries — “Bush is a liar;” “he betrayed us;” the war is a “fraud” — were a more powerful force undermining America’s efforts to establish a postwar democracy in Iraq than any attack Medea Benjamin and her friends could possibly conceive.
www.frontpagemag.com /Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=17933   (3498 words)

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