Unshelved by Bill Barnes and Gene Ambaum
comic strip overdue media

Monday, April 18, 2005

We need more people like this in the world

Unfortunately, thanks to a suicide bomber, we lost this one. (You can view the article for free after a short ad plays). Marla Ruzicka was only 28, yet she'd done tremendous things in her short life. She put her degree in political science and social work to good use in Afghanistan and Iraq. She founded Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict--CIVIC--and appealed and got millions of dollars in aid for civilian victims of the conflicts. Her fiery death is very sad, but only set a proper end to her life and spirit. She died doing what she wanted to do, to help people. On the CIVIC website, they've set up a tribute in pictures, including these words, 'To have a job where you makes things better for people? That's a blessing. Why would I do anything else?'

Her last words were 'I'm alive.' They seem to fit her. Perhaps she lived more fully than many of us. May she rest in peace, and may her work, her legacy, continue in its impact. You can donate to her cause on the CIVIC website, linked above.

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