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    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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    Kristele, Field Director

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    Trevor, CIVIC's fellow based in Afghanistan

    Chris, CIVIC's fellow based in Pakistan

    Jon, CIVIC's US military consultant

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A note on ACAP from CIVIC’s home office

Posted By: Sarah

Well, we’re using a lot of acronyms here. So I thought I’d clarify things a bit.  The Afghan Civilian Assistance Program (what we call ACAP) was created by Senator Leahy with the help of our own Marla Ruzicka.  It helps war victims unintentionally created by the US military its allies there in Afghanistan.  I visited a few projects when I was in the country and was utterly impressed by how just a little money can change for the better lives of war victims.  Erica’s over there now and seeing these projects for herself.  Our hope is that we can get NATO countries (rather than just the United States) to donate funds to this amazing program

 If you live in a NATO country, please get in touch.  We have a letter writing campaign for you!

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Some background on ACAP…

Posted By: Erica

Today I accompanied the team that works on the Afghan Civilian Assistance Program (ACAP) to one of their field offices in a province near Kabul. The local staff here are extremely dedicated to the project but often overwhelmed by the challenges of operating in such a difficult environment. They cover not just their own province but two adjacent provinces — a vast chunk of territory with parts of it cut off by impassable, snow-covered cliffs or no-go zones. For example, there is one community where the entire village was devastated by international military operations in 2002, but the security situation in the surrounding area is so bad that no relief agency has been able to get to them to provide the necessary assistance. The ACAP program is currently working with provincial governors and local community leaders to change that, but with only a few staff members and limited resources, getting help to this one village has proved daunting.

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