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Counting Civilian CasualtiesAn Introduction to Recording and Estimating Nonmilitary Deaths in Conflict$
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Taylor B. Seybolt, Jay D. Aronson, and Baruch Fischhoff

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199977307

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199977307.001.0001

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Iraqi Body Count

Iraqi Body Count

A Case Study in the Uses of Incident-Based Conflict Casualty Data

(p.53) 4 Iraqi Body Count
Counting Civilian Casualties

John Sloboda

Hamit Dardagan

Michael Spagat

Madelyn Hsiao-Rei Hicks

Oxford University Press

This chapter reviews the uses, merits, and limitations of incident-based casualty data, using the Iraq Body Count (IBC) database as an example. It outlines the characteristics, methods, and sources of IBC’s data. Examples are given of how data have been used to improve understanding of the effects of armed conflict on civilians, to commemorate individual deaths, and to advocate for civilian protection. The chapter discusses how IBC compares against other sources of information on violent deaths in Iraq, and assesses the strengths and limitations of using media-derived and incident-based data. It concludes by outlining improvements that could be made in the incident-based recording of civilian casualties in order to support better protection of civilians in armed conflict.

Keywords:   Iraq Body Count, civilian casualties, armed conflict, media-derived data, incident-based casualty reports

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