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Asylum SpeakersCaribbean Refugees and Testimonial Discourse$
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April Shemak

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780823233557

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823233557.001.0001

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

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

(p.241) Epilogue: Diverted Testimonies: New World Refugees in the Twenty-First Century
Asylum Speakers

April Shemak

Fordham University Press

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

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