• 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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Posted By: Erica

I mentioned briefly in another post that I’m being hosted by a partner Afghan organization. It’s a large organization, with about 300 staff, largely dispersed in 12 field offices throughout the country. The regional offices work closely with local community and civil society leaders in their provinces, so the organization as a whole has an amazing capacity to know what’s going on at even a small village level throughout Afghanistan. I was talking about this with one of the program managers today and he could devise a reporting system for the different field provinces to note, and perhaps even investigate or help gather the testimony of civilians injured by US or NATO troops. Still many kinks to work out, but if it worked, this would obviously be a great benefit for CIVIC, and for those civilians whose losses would before have gone unnoticed.

Searching for some leads…

Posted By: Erica

Today, I met up with a man whose been working for a big international non-governmental organization here for the last year and a half. His organization has some overlap with CIVIC’s work, and when I mentioned the issue of civilian casualties he said he’d been digging for that information for months and as far as he could tell there was no systematic way of recording or recognizing casualties by any of the US or ISAF troops — good information to have although not exactly the answers we were hoping for.

I heard a similar report from an Afghan-American who is a private contractor involved in getting fuel to US troops. He said he’d be happy to introduce me to some families he knew who had suffered as a result of troop movements so hopefully he’ll make good on that promise to me next week.