Who is she? What happened to her? Could she ever overcome the loss of her mother during the Nazi attack on Poland? Someone out there today might know the answer. Or she may just join a long list of forgotten victims of war.
The Nazis Strike. A child of Warsaw finds her mother – and weeps (National Archives 208-AA-295 K-1)
Today we can help innocent victims of war in Pakistan. They do not have to be lost in time. What the group Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict (CIVIC
) is advocating for is compensation for the losses victims endure.
Military conflict has raged in that country recently with the Pakistani government and the U.S. battling militant groups, including the Taliban and Al Qaeda.
Military strikes against these groups are often in areas close to civilians. There is no such thing as a precise, clean war. There will be innocent victims. Family members, livelihoods can be gone within seconds. In Pakistan, CIVIC has documented many civilians affected by war, including numerous cases where parents have been killed.
No real compensation mechanism is in place to help the families. They are left with little recourse to restore their lives or recover their losses. Such treatment of innocent victims subverts the U.S. and Pakistani efforts to win hearts and minds in the struggle against extremists.
CIVIC says, “Many war victims are losing hope that the Pakistani government will make good on its promise to provide compensation…. Meanwhile, victims of drone attacks are completely excluded from Pakistani government compensation mechanisms and their losses are not publicly acknowledged by the US or Pakistani governments.”
What can someone do to help? A two-pronged approach for writing a letter to your Senator
and also the White House
would be a good start. With winter fast approaching, Pakistan needs humanitarian assistance to recover from massive floods.
Hunger and malnutrition are escalating and there is low funding for the World Food Programme. How does the country recover without food and the rebuilding of agricultural production?
You can urge elected officials to take action on this front, but also include help for those families impacted by military strikes. The innocent victims of war need to be recognized and receive the assistance they seek.
The U.S., the Pakistani government, and the international community can work together to relieve the suffering of war and flood victims. It’s the only road to peace in Pakistan.
Read about 7-year old Laiba, one of the innocent victims of the conflict in Pakistan