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Faith-based Groups Put Pressure on UN for Cholera Deaths

In response to the UN-introduced cholera outbreak in Haiti, IJDH and Mennonite Central Committee collaborated in the Face Justice campaign for the past year to bring attention to the victims’ and survivors’ stories. This article highlights faith-based groups who joined the effort, including the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and Church World Service. IJDH director Brian Concannon notes the network of support includes lawyers, scientists, and doctors, who separately work to benefit the UN’s victims. “This collaborative, network-based strategy,” Concannon said, “is exciting and a template for how you can do broad social change.” Below is part of the article from Christian Century. Read the full article HERE. Faith-based groups, others put pressure on UN for its role in Haiti cholera deaths by Celeste Kennel-Shank, Christian Century Nov 03, 2016 Every family in Joseph Dade Guiwil’s community has been harmed by the cholera epidemic […]

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. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text and audio. 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 […]

Ensure Nepal’s Reconstruction Isn’t Like Haiti’s: Work with Locals

Almost a week after Nepal’s devastating earthquake, people worldwide are looking to see how relief and reconstruction will be handled. Those who remember Haiti’s earthquake 5 years earlier, and the continued failure to rebuild Haiti, are hoping the international community will do a better job in Nepal. This article suggests five ways to make sure Nepal’s post-quake response doesn’t end up like Haiti’s. How not to rebuild Nepal Lessons from Haiti five years after its earthquake Nixon Boumba, The Washington Post April 30, 2015 Last Saturday, I watched with the rest of the world as images emerged in the wake of Nepal’s violent earthquake: the dusty faces of survivors, bloodied bodies, the ruined historic buildings. It reminded me of the devastation I witnessed after the earthquake in my homeland, Haiti, five years ago — and it made me worry about what […]

Lessons From Haiti’s Earthquake to Nepal’s

In the wake of a devastating earthquake in Nepal, many are waiting to see whether aid organizations have learned anything from the botched response to Haiti’s 2010 quake. After a disaster, decisions made within the first 72 hours are crucial to the future direction of the response. This article describes lessons that should be learned from the response to Haiti’s earthquake, both by aid organizations and by journalists reporting on the situation. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. How Not to Report on an Earthquake Jonathan M. Katz, The New York Times Magazine April 28, 2015 As of Tuesday morning, exactly three days have passed since a 7.8-magnitude earthquake shook Nepal, killing thousands and leaving millions in need of help. In disaster response, the end of the first 72 hours is often considered an inflection […]

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