Discussion On Civilian Survival Strategies In Conflict
Findings And Recommendations From A New Report By The Center For Civilians In Conflict
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
11:00 am – 12:30 pm EDT (Washington, DC)
(16:00 London / 17:00 Geneva / 18:00 Amman / 18:00 Nairobi / 19:30 Kabul)
In person: InterAction
1400 16th St., NW, Suite 210,
Washington, DC 20036
Via Webinar: Register here.
In times of intense conflict and pervasive violence, how do civilians cope? The most recent report from the Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC), “Waiting for No One: Civilian Survival Strategies in Syria,” details coping strategies used by Syrian civilians during the brutal civil war to ensure their own safety and assist others. While the report is focused on the Syrian context, its findings are relevant to contexts characterized by a high tempo of hostilities and the use of explosive weapons in urban areas, such as Gaza, Iraq, or Yemen.
This discussion will focus on the survival strategies of civilians in conflict, based on the findings of the CIVIC report. Natasha Hall, Program Officer with CIVIC and author of the report, will present the main findings and recommendations, which include the need for early warning systems, protection of medical infrastructure and educational facilities, support for local rescue and aid teams, protection from unexploded ordnance, and the development of a platform for self-protection strategies. CIVIC recommends that many of these practices could be supported by international actors responding to the crisis.
Following the presentation, participants will be invited to discuss ways to promote civilians’ self-protection efforts in the midst of intense fighting, whether specific to Syria or in the context of other conflicts.
We welcome in-person participation at InterAction’s office in Washington and we also wish to extend the conversation to those based in the field and regional hubs, especially in areas of ongoing conflict such as Gaza, Nigeria, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen. A webinar option will be available to those based outside Washington.