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Humanitarian Relief After Haiti's Earthquake
Humanitarian relief after haiti's earthquake

International humanitarian relief efforts do not travel down a single pathway. They take place under many different circumstances. Two of the most prominent are postconflict situations, when a country is struggling to cope with the carnage and destruction left by war, and disaster relief efforts, when the challenge facing a society is how to rebuild in the aftermath of a natural or man-made disaster. Our focus here is on this second pathway—international humanitarian relief efforts in response to disasters.

On one level the humanitarian relief efforts taking place on this pathway are fundamentally nonpolitical. Rooted in practical field experience, these efforts are often referred to as the “rules of three.” Two different sets of these rules exist. ...

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