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NNN0LHI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-05 12:38 PM
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6. Baghdad car bomb kills aid worker
Edited on Sun Apr-17-05 12:31 PM by NNN0LHI

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - An American humanitarian worker was among three people killed in a suicide carbomb attack on a convoy travelling on Baghdad's airport road, the U.S. embassy said on Sunday.

Marla Ruzicka, 27, the founder of the Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict, was driving behind a private security convoy when the car bomb exploded on Saturday, security officials said.

The identities of the others killed were not immediately known. Five people were wounded in the explosio nand taken to a U.S. military hospital inside Baghdad's Green Zone, a U.S. embassy spokesman said.

Ruzicka, who grew up in California, had worked frequently in Iraq and Afghanistan trying to uncover detailson the number of civilian casualties in the wars and secure compensation for the families of victims.

U.S. Activist Mends Lives Torn by War

By Glenn Kessler
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, August 23, 2004; Page A13

Two years ago, a young activist named Marla Ruzicka sat in a Senate hearing room listening to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld testify about the war in Afghanistan. She had come to Washington to try to urge greater U.S. attention to civilian casualties in that war, and Rumsfeld barely touched on the topic.

Ruzicka, then 25, had already forged a reputation in leftist circles. She once had disrupted a speech on AIDS by Secretary of State Colin L. Powell. Another time, she was hauled off by police after she ripped off a sarong -- which inside had a protest statement -- during a speech by then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush.

Now, she sat wondering: "Should I let him talk or stand up and start screaming at him?"

She kept quiet. When the hearing ended, she rushed up to his table and grabbed his hand and thanked him for testifying. And then she kept talking -- and held his attention -- as he walked out of the Hart Senate Office Building and across the street to his motorcade.


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