• About CIVIC

    CIVIC is a Washington-based non-profit organization that believes the civilians injured and the families of those killed should be recognized and helped by the warring parties involved.

    On this blog, you will find stories from our travels around the world as we meet with civilians and military, aid organizations and government in our quest to get war victims the help they need.

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    Sarah, Executive Director

    Marla B, Managing Director

    Kristele, Field Director

    Liz, Chief Communications Officer

    Trevor, CIVIC's fellow based in Afghanistan

    Chris, CIVIC's fellow based in Pakistan

    Jon, CIVIC's US military consultant

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Headed to Afghanistan!

Posted By: Erica

Hi all! I will be arriving in Kabul on Feb. 3 to begin my work as CIVIC’s jack-of-all-trades in Afghanistan — researcher, advocate, on-the-ground point-person, and of course, blogger. You can read more about me and my background here.

I think it is most important for this first post to give you a sense of my personal motivation for joining CIVIC and my own personal exposure to the conflict in Afghanistan.

I was in Afghanistan in January 2007, doing field research for my law school thesis on private security contractors. Walking down the streets or talking to local Afghans I encountered, I was struck by their warmth and openness – qualities that (quite frankly) an American does not always encounter overseas. This sort of attitude led many of the aid workers, journalists, military and governmental officials that I met to be optimistic that Afghanistan was a place that could be “won.” Yet at the same time, there was a sense of opportunities squandered, that after six years of involvement, the security situation was slowly getting worse and the Afghan civilians who had originally welcomed foreign aid and involvement were starting to change their minds. Continue reading

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A bit of background

Posted By: Marla B

Afghanistan is increasing contentious and bloody battlefields from Kabul to Kandahar call attention war’s devastating impact on civilians. We believe the US and its allies have a chance to do what their military manuals say they should do: win the hearts and minds of the Afghan population with humanity and compassion.

Last year we urged the US State Department to champion and NATO to create a fund for war victims. They have done so, but the effort remains under-funded and certainly doesn’t get help to all the Afghans who need it. With civilians increasingly angered by US and NATO troops, it’s time US and NATO forces stepped up to the plate. It’s time they create a program worthy of the losses suffered by civilians caught in the crossfire of this war.

Behind the scenes, we’ve been educating the NATO Secretary-General, European countries, the US military and ambassadors alike on appropriate measures for war victims. But we knew we needed an on-the-ground presence to make things happen.

We are please to introduce Erica – the newest member of CIVIC’s team. She’ll be based in Afghanistan starting next week. Erica will coordinate CIVIC’s policy recommendations on the ground to make sure the warring parties help the civilians they harm. She will go “into the field” to gather the stories of war victims themselves to make CIVIC’s case for aid back in Washington, in Brussels and in Kabul.

We are excited to have Erica working for war victims where it matters most!

Great news!

Posted By: Marla B

As you know, CIVIC has a long history working in Afghanistan to get help to war victims. However, because of the rising cost of security it’s been hard to maintain an ‘on the ground’ presence there.This past fall, Harvard offered to CIVIC a fully-funded advocate to live in Afghanistan. Due to unforeseen complications on Harvard’s end, the fellowship will not start until June, placing the entire project in jeopardy unless we were able to secure extra funding (and fast!) to pay for it.

Well… we found out yesterday we received a small grant that will allow us to take on this important initiative. In fact, this effort in Afghanistan to make sure war victims have the help they need is so important that we want you to be able to read about the progress in real time!

We’ve set up this blog so you can see the work we do here at CIVIC as it is happening. You will be able to read how we work on the ground, here in Washington and on our other travels!

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Check back often to see what we are up to!

Best,
Marla B

PS. If you would like to make a donation to support our work in Afghanistan visit: civicworldwide.org/donate