HERO OF FORGIVENESS
Marla Ruzicka was killed in Iraq in April 2005, while helping identify and aid civilian casualties and victims of war. At great risk to herself, Marla sought out innocent civilians injured in war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan; recorded their suffering and then enlisted their families, the U.S. military, congress, journalists and government officials to provide millions of dollars in aid to them. She created an unheard of precedent where the militaries of opposing nations took responsibility for the harm they brought upon blameless victims of war.
Her work continues with CIVIC Worldwide, the organization she founded. CIVIC seeks to mitigate the impact of war and its aftermath by ensuring that timely and effective assistance is provided to unintended victims of conflict. Their goal is to see that such assistance be a permanent part of the U.S. and other governments’ approach to armed conflict.
Marla’s parents, Clifford and Nancy Ruzicka, of Northern California will receive the Hero of Forgiveness, Reconciliation and Peace Award posthumously for their daughter.
HEROES of Forgiveness, Reconciliation and Peace
The designation of "Hero of Forgiveness, Reconciliation and Peace" is bestowed upon those who have courageously and dramatically stepped forward to demonstrate and exemplify the concept of forgiveness, reconciliation and peace.
These are not necessarily famous people. They are often ordinary people who have chosen to express profound and genuine forgiveness in their personal lives. These people have experienced a transformation as a result of their act or acts of forgiveness and demonstrate how this change continues to manifest over time. Their stories can inspire and motivate ordinary people to act in a similar manner.
CHAMPIONS of Forgiveness, Reconciliation and Peace
The "Champions of Forgiveness, Reconciliation and Peace" designation is bestowed upon those whose professional work inspires and leads the way by defining, applying and spreading the concept of forgiveness reconciliation and peace.