Dual Disasters: Humanitarian Aid After the 2004 Tsunami

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The 2004 tsunami was massive in every respect: the earthquake that preceded it was one of the largest ever recorded, the number of people killed or displaced is estimated at well over a million, and the international community donated billions of dollars to the relief effort. In some cases the tsunami struck regions already embroiled in other kinds of catastrophes – violent conflict and poverty. The tsunami’s presence not only wreaked havoc as a natural disaster, but it left an enduring mark on the political dynamics and power struggles of these places.

Dual Disasters describes what happens when “man-made” and “natural” disasters meet. Focusing specifically on Indonesia and Sri Lanka, countries that had complex emergencies long before the tsunami arrived, Hyndman shows how the storm’s arrival shifted the goals of international aid, altered relations between and within states and accelerated or slowed peacebuilding efforts. With updated comments on the 2010 Haiti earthquake, the book guides readers deftly through the multifaceted forces at work in modern humanitarian disasters.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565493360
  • Publisher: Kumarian Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/2011
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer Hyndman is Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at Simon Fraser University. Her research traverses political, economic, cultural and feminist geography, focusing on people's mobility, displacement, security. She is particularly concerned with the dynamics of conflict and disaster that create refugees and internally displaced persons, as well as international humanitarian responses to such crises.

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Table of Contents

1) Introduction
2) Citing Conflict and Peace in Post-Tsunami Sri Lanka and Aceh, Indonesia
3) Threats, Fears, and Aid in Post-Tsunami Sri Lanka
4) Transforming Widowhood: Conflict and Loss in Post-tsunami Sri Lanka
5) Acts of Aid: Humanitarianism Meets Neoliberalism in a War Zone
6) The Geopolitics of Pre- and Post-Tsunami Aid to Sri Lanka
7) Aceh’s Precarious Peace: The Challenge of Tsunami Aid in a Post-Conflict Zone
8) Conclusion

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