• 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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A Background on Israel and Lebanon

In July of 2006, members of the terrorist group Hezbollah entered Israel and killed several Israeli soldiers, kidnapping two others. Israel responded to the attack with aerial strikes throughout Lebanon. Members of Hezbollah then retaliated with rocket attacks, launching the Israel and Lebanon into a full-scale war that lasted four weeks.

Trapped in the middle of this conflict was the civilian population of both countries. According to Human Rights Watch, this brief conflict killed roughly one thousand civilians and displaced nearly a million more.

Even now, threats remain. The use of landmines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) have furthered the human toll within Lebanon. Often accidentally detonated by children, these explosives maim and sometimes kill innocent civilians.

CIVIC is now traveling to Lebanon and Israel to document the ongoing effects of this conflict on the civilian population. Check out the following videos and posts to learn more about both our experiences and how we plan to take action.

To learn a bit more about the Israel and Lebanon 2006 conflict, it’s aftermath and related issues we recommend Kevin Sites’ (from Yahoo’s In the Hot Zone) excellent video blog.

ISRAEL-HEZBOLLAH WAR: http://hotzone.yahoo.com/b/hotzone/blogs68146
ISRAEL: http://hotzone.yahoo.com/b/hotzone/blogs53384
LEBANON: http://hotzone.yahoo.com/b/hotzone/blogs52439

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A Community in Crisis

Posted By: Erica

A billboard in a town east of Kabul urges citizens that if they love their communities they should not let their family members become suicide bombers.

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VIDEO BLOG: Qiryot Shemona, Northern Israel

Posted By: Marla B.

CIVIC’s executive director Sarah Holewinski talks briefly from Qiryot Shemona, arguably the hardest hit city in the 2006 war.

VIDEO BLOG: Israel’s Northern Border

Posted By: Marla B.

CIVIC’S Executive Director Sarah Holewinski reports from Israel’s Northern Border with Lebanon.

VIDEO BLOG: War and beauty together

Posted By: Marla B.

Check out this quick video. As we travel to document the lives of war victims, it’s also important to see the balance in life…

Lingering Woes of War

Posted By: Sarah

If you know CIVIC, you know we stay above the fray of politics. It’s not often easy, but we want to focus on the suffering of war victims without getting diverted from their faces, stories, and needs.

Who was hurt? How? What help do they need?

This trip to Lebanon and Israel has made very clear what war victims around the world already knew: war never ends. Even when the bullets and bombs stop, ordinary people are left to pick up the pieces. Bombed out buildings, severe injuries that need years and years of treatment, psychological damage that never heals. It’s 18 months after the 2006 clash between these two countries… and the wounds remain fresh.

And at CIVIC, we’re a bit stubborn. We believe that the warring parties who did the harming should also do the helping. But here? The animosity is so great from side to side, it’s hard to imagine the scenarios where Israel would help Lebanese war victims and vice versa. Still, we have some ideas. Stay tuned.

Sarah

VIDEO BLOG: Israel… working out the details

Posted By: Marla B.

Hey there… as you saw from the previous video, Sarah and I are now in Jerusalem talking to everyone we know and working on finding the correct person to take us up to the North. It is important that we get someone who knows the landscape, the people and can get us to the right places. We have the names and numbers of 3-4 people that would be perfect, but as it is the holiday (Easter etc) and was the Sabbath yesterday we are having some trouble contacting them.