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Red Zone Reactions…

April 3, 2010

This is from the minutes of a meeting I attended at the log base about the lack of services in the red zone.  I am not over exaggerating when I talk about the Carrefour Feuilles area being underserved.  This selection of the minutes pertaining to the red zone explain our plea for help and solidarity in assisting this area, and the reaction:

Red zones: some participants expressed their concerns regarding the very poor level of assistance that has been provided to sites that are in the red zones and where the communities have been severely affected. They proposed their help to facilitate other organisations’ work in theses sensitive areas and stated that assistance can be provided with the support of local committees that are well organised and that could prevent tensions during distributions. This issue should be raised at the management level of each organisation and a risk analysis should be conducted to avoid harm against aid workers.


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  1. April 14, 2010 4:05 pm

    Harm against aid workers?? I’d like to know the basis upon which these zones were created. At the end of February, a full six weeks after the earthquake, I roamed these zones unfettered (with two cameras hanging from my neck), and found that most people had received little or no aid. The encampments lacked tents, potable water, food. People were self-organizing and there was a sense of community being built. People were sharing what they had with one another. People were offering me food! I can’t help but feel the zone system is all part of a colonial mindset, advanced to justify the Obama/Clinton regime’s latest military adventure.

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