Speaking with one language for humanitarian assistance: uniting the different voices during disaster relief operations

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Hingst, Ray. 2015. "Speaking with one language for humanitarian assistance: uniting the different voices during disaster relief operations." Nooriafshar, Mehryar (ed.) Language, Culture and Technology in a Connected World Symposium (sLCT 2015). Toowoomba, Australia 01 Jun 2015 Nicosia, Cyrpus.
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Speaking with one language for humanitarian assistance: uniting the different voices during disaster relief operations

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AuthorHingst, Ray
EditorsNooriafshar, Mehryar
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the Language, Culture and Technology in a Connected World Symposium 2015
Number of Pages1
Year2015
Place of PublicationNicosia, Cyrpus
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://www.futureacademy.org.uk/files/menu_items/other/Abstracts2015Australia.pdf
Conference/EventLanguage, Culture and Technology in a Connected World Symposium (sLCT 2015)
Event Details
Language, Culture and Technology in a Connected World Symposium (sLCT 2015)
Event Date
01 Jun 2015
Event Location
Toowoomba, Australia
Abstract

Cyclone Pam, a category five storm struck with devastating effect on Vanuatu on Friday 13 March 2015. The international Humanitarian Community, (HC), was quick to respond, as were the military forces of France. New Zealand, Australia and other Pacific nations, to the Government of Vanuatu’s (GOVU) call for Humanitarian Assistance, (HA), with Disaster Relief, (DR).

Uniting the efforts of International Organisations, (IOs), Non-Government Organisations, (NGOs), and various militaries with agencies of the GOVU under the auspices of a United Nations, (UN), led operation required that specific attention was required to bridging and uniting the cultural and sub-cultural differences embodied in this mix of organisations into a coherent and effective ‘language’ for the benefit of the people of Vanuatu.

This paper presents on side of a story which unfolded in response to a significant natural disaster in the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu; constructing order from chaos in more ways than one.

Keywordshumanitarian assistance; disaster relief; military disaster relief operations; Cyclone Pam; Vanuatu; humanitarian space
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020451899. Pacific Peoples, society and community not elsewhere classified
350999. Transportation, logistics and supply chains not elsewhere classified
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Individual contributions © 2015 Their authors.
Presentation based on participant observation obtained during Disaster Relief operations following Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu.

Byline AffiliationsSchool of Management and Enterprise
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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