Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC) works with those engaged in and affected by armed conflict to identify, develop, and implement practical solutions that prevent, mitigate, and respond to civilian harm.

Hayatullah’s Story

Posted By: Erica Hayatullah Khan listens to English language radio every day, like clockwork. “He listens to the science program,” his brother told me. “That is his favorite thing because one day on the program, they talked about a treatment in the US for [restoring] eyesight and it gave him hope.” Hayatullah lost his eyesight…

Masood’s Story

Posted By: Erica Not far from Hazi Sharif’s construction materials shop, I met a shy young man who was finishing his apprenticeship to become a mechanic. “I was a student of [the senior mechanic]” Masood told me, “but now I am better than he is.” Masood was not always so beaming. In December 2006, Masood,…

Hazi’s Story Continued

Posted By: Erica [Read the First Part] When the dust settled, the southern half of Hazi Sharif’s home had collapsed. Four members of his family were dead as were another two women from his nephew’s family. Rokia, an elderly relative, was rushing to help other family members when the second bomb exploded nearby. When I…

Hazi’s Story

Posted By: Erica In December 2001, US forces were engaged in heavy bombing in the Paktia province, one of the last refuges of the Taliban. Many innocent civilians also lost their lives, including several family members of a man named Hazi Sharif, who shared his story with me. A rocket that was intended for a…