Dual disasters: humanitarian aid after the 2004 tsunami

This publication asks, what happens when a humanitarian crisis with political roots interacts with a humanitarian crisis induced by environmental disaster?

Focusing on Sri Lanka and Indonesia, countries that were dealing with complex upheavals long before the 2004 tsunami struck, this publication shows how the storm shifted the goals of international aid, altered relations among and within states, and accelerated or slowed peacebuilding efforts. Chapters focuses on: siting conflict and peace in post-tsunami Sri Lanka and Aceh, Indonesia; threats, fears, and aid in post-tsunami Sri Lanka; transforming widowhood: conflict and loss in post-tsunami Sri Lanka; acts of aid: humanitarianism meets neoliberalism in a war zone; and two solitudes: post-tsunami and post-conflict Aceh.

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