Monday, April 12, 2010

Social Fault Lines: The Disaster of Poverty in Haiti

Toward Freedom - Social Fault Lines: The Disaster of Poverty in Haiti: "Laura Wagner, a U.S. anthropologist who survived - barely - Haiti's earthquake in January, writes, 'Social scientists who study catastrophes say there are no natural disasters. In every calamity, it is inevitably the poor who suffer more, die more, and will continue to suffer and die after the cameras turn their gaze elsewhere. Do not be deceived by claims that everyone was affected equally -- fault lines are social as well as geological.'"
Thanx Lynn for the link http://bit.ly/9ciufe.

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4 Comments:

Anonymous John Taylor said...

Important post. Thanks very much for helping keep haiti in the pulic consciousness - more should be being done to help them.

9:50 PM  
Blogger saboma said...

Have you heard about the one that China had today? Check it out if you haven't read the news.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/15/world/asia/15quake.html?emc=na

5:33 PM  
Blogger Pip said...

Yup, heard about this on the morning radio news. I'm interested to see stats of any increase in earthquake behaviour. Earthquakes have always been with us. Anything new?

6:05 PM  
Blogger saboma said...

I live in the shaky state of California; nothing about quakes are new. We're bordered in the Ring of Fire.

What I found interesting is the size of the quakes that Baja, Haiti, and now China have had. A 7.1 quake is powerful as well as destructive. The Baja quake didn't do to us what it did to the other two. It did some damage however it is nothing compared to Haiti and China.

We're earthquake ready for the most part however Haiti and China were ill prepared and that alone is a crying shame.

All is well here at the homestead. Hope the same goes for yours. :)

8:12 PM  

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