We work with civilians in conflict zones. We travel to conflict zones and speak directly to those affected. We document their stories and listen when they tell us what they want. We bring their perspective to those in power and advise on ways to recognize, protect, and help them.


‘We can’t expect warring parties to distribute sweets amidst a fight. What we want is for them to care about civilians’ lives and fight each other out of our villages and towns.’—Malek Khairuddin, tribal chief in Parliz village, Miyanishin district in Kandahar province.

When the Center for Civilians in Conflict...

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Democratic Republic of Congo

In authorizing an offensive mandate for MONUSCO, UNSC Resolution 2098 created the Force Intervention Brigade (FIB), which is specifically equipped for “targeted offensive operations” with the responsibility of “neutralizing armed groups and of contributing to reducing the threat posed by armed groups to state authority and civilian security in eastern DRC.” In 2013, CIVIC helped...

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CIVIC has advocated for assistance to conflict victims in Iraq since our founding in 2003. Our work helped create the Marla Ruzicka Iraqi War Victims Fund (named for CIVIC's founder), the first US-funded program for civilians harmed by US combat operations. The fund helps civilian victims and their families begin to rebuild their lives by providing health care and...

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When conflict erupted between Israelis and Palestinians in the Gaza Strip in July 2014, CIVIC expressed concern about the conduct of all parties to the conflict. CIVIC developed specific, pragmatic recommendations for the US Department of State about steps the US could take to increase civilian protection. The Huffington Post published CIVIC’s “No Safe Place in Gaza,...

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“We have to realize that things have changed for the worse. We all have a duty to understand that we live in a very fragile society now -- and what that means. Many people want to take revenge…but we have to understand that revenge will tip us into hell.” –Ahmed*, a schoolteacher in Mali

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Nigeria is crisscrossed with political and social fault lines that threaten the security of its people.  While the country manages incidents of low-level conflict in various parts of Nigeria, perhaps most urgently is the continuance of Boko Haram’s violent extremism in the NorthEast. Boko Haram has fueled violence in the Northeast of the country since 2009 ...

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“I was driving my tractor in the field when the rocket hit me…there was a lot of crossfire at the time between the government and the militants. My back was broken as a result… Now I cannot move either of my legs. I am forever disabled and cannot walk.” –Rahman, from Bajaur, Pakistan.

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AMISOM/Tobin Jones

“In Somali culture, if somebody is killed, the killer should come and talk to me, help me bury the dead and compensate me.” –Mohammed*, 32-year-old Somali man to CIVIC

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South Sudan

A little more than two years after gaining its independence, South Sudan descended into a devastating armed conflict in December 2013. Civilians have borne the brunt of the violence, as armed groups have deliberately targeted them through killings, sexual violence, the destruction of property, and the looting of cattle.

CIVIC is currently undertaking an in-depth assessment about civilians...

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“We live in constant fear of whether we will live or die. I want the rockets to stop. I want to go back to my home and live peacefully.”--Manal*, a mother of two from Hama.

As the war in Syria enters its sixth year, civilians continue to suffer from extreme violence--much of it directly...

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“The fighting is still going on today. Every day and every night, there’s something. When I think about my recently deceased grandmother I think: born in war, died in war.”—A humanitarian worker, conflict zone, August 2016.

In war, one learns to fear routine activities most people take for granted. Today, in eastern...

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United States

Since 2008, Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC) has been working closely with the US government to develop new directives to mitigate civilian harm, with a special emphasis on standing up an office in the Pentagon to track civilian harm and ensure that policies to protect civilians from harm are implemented across the armed services. We continue to push for...

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Civilian suffering in Yemen has increased following the Saudi-led intervention to fight the Houthi rebels. Many operations by the warring parties are taking place near urban and residential areas, putting civilians at significant risk. Much of Yemen’s infrastructure, including health services, has collapsed and the delivery of humanitarian aid remains extraordinarily difficult.

Civilians have borne...

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