The Role of Spirituality in Humanitarian Crisis Survival and Recovery

Peter Walker, Dyan Mazurana, Amy Warren, George Scarlett and Henry Louis

in Sacred Aid

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199916023
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950447 | DOI:
The Role of Spirituality in Humanitarian Crisis Survival and Recovery

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This chapter discusses the available knowledge on the relationship between well-being and spirituality, especially during traumatic environmental and humanitarian crises. It studies the evidence on how humanitarian aid agencies become involved with the spiritual lives of their beneficiaries. It also shows how spirituality in some agencies may help determine how and where they provide aid. This chapter concludes with a description of the areas that need field-based research in order to shed more light on the survival value of spirituality and the possible factors affecting it through aid interventions.

Keywords: well-being; spirituality; traumatic environments; humanitarian crises; humanitarian aid agencies; spiritual lives; survival value; aid interventions

Chapter.  9833 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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