A young Somali boy poses for a picture at a school that is supported by Amisom in Al Jazeera district, near the Amisom Base, in Mogadishu, Somalia on December 13th, 2010.

Responding to harm in Somalia

Southern Somalia is a hell for civilians living there, and that was true even before the famine that hit the country this summer. When I was in Mogadishu a few months ago, I saw bombed out buildings in every direction, families huddled in ill-equipped hospitals, and, in one case, a group of kids startled by…

An update from HQ

It’s been a couple of weeks since we’ve blogged, but we’ve been kept very busy here at CIVIC. This week is a big one—today we released a joint report with Refugees International on civilian protection and amends in Libya and on Thursday we’ll be releasing a report on civilian harm in Somalia supported by UNHCR.…

When it hits home

By Marla Keenan, Managing Director, CIVIC Nearly six years ago I began my career here at CIVIC as an advocate for war victims and their loved ones.  Six months ago today in Misrata, Libya while documenting the plight of Libyans in the war, my dear friend Chris Hondros became a war victim himself. Chris spent…

LIBYA: Voices from Misrata [Part 1]

Part 1 of 3 Driving into Misrata, my colleague Kristele remarked that it reminded her of Beirut, where she spent much of her childhood. The skeletons of shops, hotels, and apartments line Tripoli Street and old men drink tea next to bullet-ridden structures that can scarcely be called buildings. Misrata looks like the city it…