In 2003, 28-year-old Californian Marla Ruzicka was killed by a suicide bomber in Baghdad while working to document the civilian casualties of the Iraq War and to fight for compensation for victims’ families. The group she founded — now called Center for Civilians in Conflict — has moved away from door-to-door advocacy in war zones, and now works with warring parties around the world to help civilians. We talk with Executive Director Sarah Holewinski about the campaign to reduce civilian casualties and compensate victims in conflict zones like Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia and Pakistan. We’ll also discuss the impact on civilians of the increased use of drones by the U.S. military.
Sarah Holewinski, executive director of the Center for Civilians in Conflict