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Dealing with dying: some anthropological reflections on the need for assistance by refugee relief programmes for bereavement and burial

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JRS 1990, Vol. 3, No. 3
Author/Creator: 
Harrell-Bond, Barbara E.;
Author/Creator: 
Wilson, Ken B
Description: 
This paper explores how an anthropological understanding of death could inform relief provision so as to substantially improve the welfare of refugees. Most of the material is drawn from African examples. Even if effective assistance is provided, many refugees die during flight and exile. Using case material it is shown that despite the lack of resources, refugees continue to invest heavily in funeral and burial rites. Through lack of understanding, this behaviour often leads to conflict with relief officials. The paper argues that minimal support could make a substantial psycho-social contribution and have administrative and health benefits.
Language: 
English
Subject: 
Death
Subject: 
Ceremonies
Subject: 
Religious practice
Subject: 
Emergency relief programmes
Coverage Geography: 
Africa
Date Created: 
01/07/1990
Date Reliable: 
Yes
Item Type: 
Journal article
Relation: 
Journal of Refugee Studies 3(3): 228-243
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Adobe Acrobat
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PDF
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16 p.
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Cleared
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