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Epilogue: Diverted Testimonies: New World Refugees in the Twenty-First Century

April Shemak

in Asylum Speakers

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780823233557
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823241194 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823233557.003.0007

Series: American Literatures Initiative

Epilogue: Diverted Testimonies: New World Refugees in the Twenty-First Century

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It is difficult to imagine how to end a book about refugees, especially when so many of the refugees that are discussed in this book have not arrived at a destination but remain in limbo. The conditions of New World refugees are inherently protean — their movements constantly shift and change, depending on the current economic and political configurations in the hemisphere. The humanitarian effort in Haiti to provide food, medical assistance, and shelter has, from the beginning, been militarized, with the U.S. military taking over the airport in Port-au-Prince, the port and coast, determining the flow of aid and who can enter and leave the country by air and sea. The force of these interdictions have been demonstrated most powerfully through the diversion of several Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières planes, carrying doctors and medical supplies, away from the Haitian airport to the Dominican Republic.

Keywords: refugees; Haiti; Dominican Republic; humanitarian effort; U.S. military; New World

Chapter.  3571 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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