We would like to offer our deepest condolences to our colleagues at Medecins San Frontieres (MSF) and the families of those killed and injured in the September 30 US airstrike on the MSF hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan. Twelve staff members and ten patients lost their lives in this tragic incident. Investigations are currently underway by both the US and NATO’s Resolute Support Mission and we urge both parties to make public the results, to amend policies and procedures to ensure this does not happen again, and to recognize and provide appropriate post harm assistance to the victims and their families.
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Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC)’s mission is to improve protection for civilians caught in conflicts around the world. We call on and advise international organizations, governments, militaries, and armed non-state actors to adopt and implement policies to prevent civilian harm. When civilians are harmed we advocate for the provision of amends and post-harm assistance. We bring the voices of civilians themselves to those making decisions affecting their lives.