Sahr Muhammedally

CIVIC MENA Director in Prestigious ICRC Journal: Learning from ISAF and AMISOM

CIVIC’s MENA and South Asia Director, Sahr Muhammedally, recently published a paper in the International Review of the Red Cross edition, “War in Cities.” In it, Sahr examined lessons learned from the AMISOM and ISAF missions in Somalia and Afghanistan, respectively, and how these lessons can be applied by armed actors to better protect civilians. Abstract: Both…

Halla lost her entire family to US bombing during the war in Iraq. She now lives with her grandmother. Through the work of Campaign for Innocent Victims In Conflict (CIVIC) and its founder Marla Ruzicka, the family received a $5000 sympathy payment from the US government.

In Remembrance of Our Founder

When Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC) was founded as Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict in 2003, it was as a one-woman mission to get recognition for the victims of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Marla Ruzicka believed that the US government should not walk away from the unintended victims of their military…

Civilian War Victims Receive Recognition in US Law

By Sahr Muhammedally   When the US military was deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq, it had no plan for addressing civilian casualties despite following rules prohibiting disproportionate or deliberate attacks on civilians. Eventually, commanders in those theaters recognized they needed to change course, by acknowledging, investigating, and offering assistance to those harmed through ex-gratia monetary…

Marla Ruzicka’s Heroism

Arifa had lost nearly everything when Marla Ruzicka walked through the door and into her life. The American intervention in Afghanistan had started just weeks before. A US bomb missed its target by three miles and landed instead on Arifa’s home, leaving her a widow at the age of 30. She buried her husband, eldest…