Schuller, Mark. Humanitarian Aftershocks in Haiti.

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Schuller, Mark. Humanitarian Aftershocks in Haiti. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2016, pp. 312, ISBN: 0813574234

This volume captures the voices of those involved in the 2010 Haiti earthquake aid response. Thus, the author led an independent study of eight displaced-persons camps in Haiti, compiling more than 150 interviews ranging from Haitian frontline workers and camp directors to foreign humanitarians and many displaced Haitian people. The result is an account of why the multi-billion-dollar aid response did little to help but also did much harm, triggering a range of unintended consequences, rupturing Haitian social and cultural institutions, and actually increasing violence, especially against women. The book also shows how the Haitian people were removed from any real decision-making, replaced by a top-down, NGO-dominated system of...

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