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the ethics of staying home

The textbook humanitarian’s dilemma: What if you can’t really help?

I’ve been trying for a while to articulate my thoughts on the ethical sticky spots of our (read: Western) impulse to rush to “help” when disaster strikes in the developing world—and the problems that arise when we aren’t actually qualified to help, and end up making things worse. 864 more words

Chernobyl Tour: Nuclear Disaster Day Trip

My first experience with Chernobyl was a fly over.  I was flying out of Belarus to Ukraine and my friend Michael mentioned we were flying over the area where Chernobyl happened.  1,936 more words


Disaster Tourism in Christchurch

This week I became a disaster tourist. I know that sounds bad – so please let me explain.

I knew I wanted to go to Christchurch to see how the recovery effort was going. 871 more words