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Rebuilding Sustainable Communities for Children and their Families after Disasters

A Global Survey

Author(s): Adenrele Awotona
Contributors: Russell K. Schutt, Myra Margolin, Chester Hartman, Shelby Grossman, Pat Gibbons, Richard Williams, Yasamin O. Izadkhah,

Book Description

Disasters impose enormous misery on children, the most vulnerable members of the community. Records show that two million children have died as a direct consequence of armed conflict over the past decade. Globally, millions more have suffered death, disease, and dislocation as a result of such natural disasters as earthquakes, droughts, and floods. And even when emergency relief is available, permanent human damage remains; all too often, families fall apart, women are assaulted and degraded, and children are left to take care of themselves.

In November 2008, the Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters at the University of Massachusetts Boston, USA, hosted an international conference to examine how to reconstruct sustainable communities that would be safe and secure for children and their families after disasters.

This volume collects some of the papers that were presented at the conference. It is remarkable for the sheer assortment of topics covered. These include the role of gender equality in alleviating poverty and assisting children, their families and their communities after disasters; war and child soldiers; lessons from Hurricane Katrina and the Tsunami; the nature of psychosocial resilience and its significance for managing mass emergencies, disasters and terrorism; and, the promotion of human dignity in the creation of sustainable environments that empower families in the aftermath of disasters.

Hardback

ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-1776-9
ISBN-10: 1-4438-1776-7
Date of Publication: 01/03/2010
Pages / Size: 485 / A5
Price: £49.99
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Biography

Adenrele Awotona is the Director of the Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, USA. He was a Director of Studies for the British Council International Seminars (Reconstruction after disasters) in the United Kingdom. His publications include: Rebuilding sustainable communities in Iraq: Policies, Programs and International Perspectives (edited, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008); and, Reconstruction after disaster: Issues and Practices (edited, Ashgate, 1997).