Aftershocks

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While the IRC has helped resettle Haitian immigrants in the U.S. for decades, it did not operate any programs in the island country prior to the earthquake. Now, it finds itself in the position of operating in encampments that, as Rupp observed, can create an intractable cycle of dependence.

So how long does Rupp foresee the IRC continuing these services in Haiti?

“At least the next 10 years,” he said after the talk, adding that the IRC will maintain its focus on providing community-reconstruction projects, and employing former refugees to help build infrastructure and provide medical services, as it’s done for the Rwandan refugees in Congo.

He added, however, that the organization has decided not to manage any of the camps. When asked who will, Rupp paused and said, “It’s unsettled.”

Emily Brennan ’03BC, ’09GSAS

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