Through its daily monitoring of local news organizations, social media and official sources, as well as via sources on the ground, Airwars has in total recorded over 119,000 reported civilian deaths and injuries since the start of documenting conflicts in August 2014 – of which more than eight thousand casualties attributed to specific belligerents can presently be named.
Airwars and design partners Rectangle are commemorating those civilians killed and injured in conflicts, by livestreaming over 24 hours the names of 8,337 civilian casualties the international monitor has documented in Syria, Iraq, Libya and Somalia in recent years.
The Airwars/ Rectangle project seeks to show that those killed and injured in conflict are not mere statistics – they are people with names, friends and families. Their loss inflicts severe pain on relatives, and the communities they belong to.
The digital event marks the occasion of the UN’s 2020 Protection of Civilians Week. This UN PoC Week, Airwars aims to commemorate those who have lost their lives, while calling for governments to better account for their military actions.
The UN Security Council added the protection of civilians in armed conflict (PoC) to its agenda in 1999, recognizing PoC as a matter of international peace and security. The UN PoC Week is held annually between May 27th and June 1st. The United Nations celebrates UN Peacekeeping Day on May 29th.