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Lessons from Haiti to Nepal: What Not to Do

There were many missteps made in the immediate aftermath of Haiti’s 2010 earthquake that led to the well-known failures of the relief and reconstruction efforts, even to this day. Jonathan Katz, who wrote an entire books on those efforts, is now speaking out to make sure the same missteps aren’t made in Nepal after their devastating quake.

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Five things the international community shouldn’t do after a disaster

Shirin Jaafari, PRI’s TheWorld
April 30, 2015

Jonathan Katz was a reporter for the Associated Press in Haiti in 2010, the year a powerful earthquake there killed more than 100,000 people. He was able to see how outside help flowed into the stricken country — and how many outsiders, himself included, messed up in the aftermath of the disaster.

Katz wrote about those experiences in a book called “The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster,” and he’s now worried that some of the same mistakes will replay themselves following the earthquake in Nepal.

Here are five key things Katz says the international community must remember in responding to disasters.

  1. 1. Don’t assume disorder will break out


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