Before 1990 and the emergence of disaster risk reduction or (DRR), humanitarianism, which is fueled

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Before 1990 and the emergence of disaster risk reduction or (DRR), humanitarianism, which is fueled by the fervent belief in “the kindness of strangers” remained largely unchallenged as the preferred approach to disaster management. (Hannigan 42). Humanitarian action is taken on a moral claim and human rights are almost always based on a legal claim. Activism and humanitarianism have taken parallel courses in recent years, due to the fact that the basis for intervention has shifted from intervening states toward individual victims of abuses. (Hannigan 43). Not only has there been a shift in intervention, but in how responses to humanitarian emergencies victims find themselves are handled. I will explore the changes in responses to…show more content…
It falls short on explaining why things like the famine in Ethiopia should have escalated into a complex emergency the way it did. Ethiopia was ravaged by drought that caused a famine that killed thousands of citizens in the African nation. Many nations and organizations stepped in to help but ran into many roadblocks in trying to do so. Due to severe mismanagement of relief funds and food by the government, those who needed help were not getting it.
The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), was more concerned as to how to the government would respond to distributing whatever food was received rather than address the drought and impending famine. (Keller 615). The FAO even denied the government assistance in 1981 and 1984, due to projected needs. Even the U.S. delayed responding to the crisis. They cut food donations from 8,172 metric tons in 1982 to zero in 1984, even though millions were at risk of dying because of the famine. (Keller 615). This source was proof that even though international organizations exist, they can experience pitfalls and setbacks that Hannigan does not address. We have come a long way from the famine in Ethiopia and in 2014; we would not have responded the way the Reagan administration did. Many people lost their lives

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