Denaturalizing “natural” disasters: Haiti’s earthquake and the humanitarian impulse

@inproceedings{Pinto2010DenaturalizingD,
  title={Denaturalizing “natural” disasters: Haiti’s earthquake and the humanitarian impulse},
  author={Andrew David Pinto},
  booktitle={Open medicine : a peer-reviewed, independent, open-access journal},
  year={2010}
}
On 12 January 2010, Haiti experienced a catastrophic earthquake. More than 220 000 people died and millions were displaced. This disaster briefly captured the attention of the world, with many individuals, communities and nations sending emergency aid, motivated by the humanitarian impulse. I provide a historical background to the earthquake and draw on the work of political philosopher Thomas Pogge to critically examine the response to the earthquake and its aftermath. I end with specific… CONTINUE READING

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