Woman Making History #34: Marla Ruzicka


Marla RuzickaThe youngest woman featured so far in Women Making History (I think), Marla Ruzicka was born in 1976 in California. She died in 2005, at the age of 28, the victim of a car bombing in Iraq. Her car was reportedly caught between that of a suicide bomber and a U.S. military convoy.

In her short time, Ruzicka's contribution was great. She founded the Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict (CIVIC), an organization providing assistance to victims of the war in Iraq. Previous to her work in Iraq, she was in Afghanistan, working with human rights group Global Exchange to assist Afghani victims of the U.S. attacks there. She lobbied the government to provide aid to families who had lost everything in U.S. invasions, inspiring Senator Patrick Leahy to sponsor a $10 million bill to provide aid to displaced Iraqis and Afghanis.

Ruzicka remained in Iraq even after most international aid organizations deemed the situation too dangerous for their people. She worked tirelessly, often going door-to-door to see what civilians were in need of and what damages they had incurred. Just before her death, she was said to have obtained confidential information from the U.S. military as to the true Iraqi civilian body count.

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