An estimated 50,000 civilians remain in the city of Raqqa, paralyzed by fear of Coalition airstrikes and shelling on the ground, but prevented from escaping by Islamic State fighters.
In addition to rebuilding infrastructure, Moslawis say it’s essential to rebuild confidence between the Iraqi government and the Sunni-majority population.
As part of our expanded online presence and making our work more accessible, Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC) will be posting occasional updates to our various programs. Our US program, which is helmed by Special Advisor, Daniel R. Mahanty, is the first one. We hope you find it useful as a snapshot of our work around the world to protect civilians trapped in conflict.
April is a tough month for CIVIC’s family and friends. Every April 16, we remember our founder and inspiration, Marla Ruzicka, who was killed in Baghdad in 2005. And on April 20, we pause to remember her friend, and friend of CIVIC, award-winning photographer Chris Hondros.
Hamad Ramadan Hasan of the al-Nahrawan Quarter in west Mosul, which is still under ISIS control, is 24 years old. He was a high-school student when ISIS entered Mosul in 2014, forcing him to leave school. Today, he is married, and he and his wife left the neighborhood on March 28.
On April 16, 2005, the world lost the founder of Center for Civilians in Conflict (then known as the Campaign…
The spate of allegations of civilian deaths as a result of US operations in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen over the…
Civilians stay in war zones for all sorts of reasons: They may lack the resources to leave, or have no other place to go. They may be unwilling to leave vulnerable family members, may not want to leave their homes, or — most likely — they are not allowed to leave. There are 3,000 to 4,000 fighters in Raqqa, compared to 400,000 civilians.