When Relief Comes from a Different Culture: Sri Lanka’s Experience of the Asian Tsunami

  • Athula SumathipalaEmail author
Part of the Public Health Ethics Analysis book series (PHES, volume 2)


Many disasters involve international assistance and bring together different cultures that might otherwise have limited or difficult interactions. The ethical issues raised by disasters can be seen from different perspectives by different cultures. This chapter will explore such issues, particularly when the disaster may involve, or be impacted by, pre-existing cultural conflicts. The ethical responsibilities of disaster workers towards cultural differences and conflicts will be examined.


Nongovernmental Organisation Dead Body International Assistance Therapeutic Misconception Culture Culture 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.King’s CollegeLondonUK

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