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 May 3, 2005
American humanitarian worker killed in Iraq
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SAN FRANCISCO An American woman who founded a humanitarian group to aid civilian casualties in Iraq has died in a car bombing in Baghdad.

U-S Embassy officials say Marla Ruzicka, founder of Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict, was killed yesterday in the blast along with an Iraqi and another foreigner.

Ruzicka, who was 28, founded CIVIC in 2003.

She had been in Iraq conducting door-to-door surveys trying to determine the number of civilian casualties in the country.

Her mother, Nancy, says Marla "cared about people and gave people her love and help." She says she'll remember the love her daughter spread around the world and the good ambassador that she was for her country.

Ruzicka got her start working for non-governmental organizations ten years ago at the San Francisco-based human rights group Global Exchange.

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