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Beverly Bell

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801452123

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801452123.001.0001

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You Can’t Eat Okra with One Finger

You Can’t Eat Okra with One Finger

Community-Run Humanitarian Aid

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Fault Lines

Beverly Bell

Cornell University Press

This chapter discusses the humanitarian aid made possible by Haiti's various community groups in the wake of the earthquake. It begins with an overview of the emergency relief efforts initiated by Heads Together Haitian Peasants, a peasant group, in collaboration with the local church and ordinary citizens. It then considers the programs launched by different Haitian organizations from human rights, women's rights, media, alternative development, and other sectors; these programs were rooted in the same solidarity observed in the individual rescue and relief responses. It shows that the community responses to the earthquake embodied society premised on respect, democratic participation, generosity, and dignity.

Keywords:   humanitarian aid, Haiti, community groups, earthquake, emergency relief, Heads Together Haitian Peasants, solidarity, democratic participation, generosity

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