Essay on Everything Is Broken By Emma Larkin

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I have always followed world events, needing to know what is happening in the world is important to me. Therefore, when natural disasters occur, I am following the unfolding situation. However, on May 2nd, 2008 a catastrophic cyclone hit Myanmar, killing over 100,000 people in a small area of the country. Everything is Broken by Emma Larkin recounts the events of that day through the stories of survivors and explores the historical and political implications that lead to the blockade of humanitarian aid. The purpose of this paper is to explore how this book contributed to my learning, the issue of human rights and health, how history and politics can influence health issues and how this novel has expanded my idea of to work with countries whose ideology maybe fundamentally different than our own. Everything is Broken is written by a journalist named Emma Larkin. This book is an account of her time spent in Myanmar following the days, weeks and months in Myanmar collecting stories from survivors. In the first section of the book, she retells how the storm hit Myanmar, with graphic details of the destruction and death. At this point the reader learns that the military junta initially refuses international humanitarian aid that would save thousands of lives. Once humanitarian aid is allowed into the country a month later, Larkin explores how these agencies had to work together to efficiently reach an area of the country that the government was preventing foreigners to enter.…

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