Assisting Syrian War Victims

Today representatives of Syrian civil society released the “Syrian Transition Roadmap.”This 238-page document presents plans for constitutional, judicial, political, and security sector reforms, and transitional justice goals, including prosecutions for crimes and compensation to victims. The roadmap rightly advocates for compensation both moral (apologies and memorials) and physical (money or material goods) for harm suffered…

Phan Thi Kim Phuc running down a road near Trảng Bàng, Vietnam, after a napalm bomb was dropped on the village of Trảng Bàng by a plane of the Vietnam Air Force. The village was suspected by United States Army forces of being a Viet Cong stronghold. Kim Phúc survived by tearing off her burning clothes. Kim Phúc (aged 9; middle left) runs naked in the street. Also pictured is her older brother Phan Thanh Tam (aged 12; far left), younger brother Phan Thanh Phuoc (aged 5; background left, looking back) and younger cousins Ho Van Bo and Ho Thi Ting (boy and girl, respectively; middle right). The image above is an Associated Press photograph that won the Pulitzer Prize for spot news. It was taken by Nick Ut on June 8, 1972.

War/Photography: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath

CIVIC’s executive director Sarah Holewinski recently contributed civilian harm experiences for the exhibit War/Photography: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath,  currently on display at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Caroline Kavit, the author of this post, is a photographer and writer who has recently joined CIVIC as the communications intern.  Photography shapes the way we…