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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. 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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