The Pakistan Earthquake: An Agent of Social and Political Change – by Shamineh S. Byramji

Disasters, natural or man‐made, are horrific events that destroy lives, disrupt the social, economic, and political fabric of communities, and can erase decades of development gains, sometimes in a matter of minutes.1 The daunting aspect of disasters is their potential magnitude and their indiscrimination to affect everything and everyone in its path. But it is essentially this indiscriminating attribute that provides a small silver lining or a short window of opportunity. A disaster has the ability to effect surviving communities to their very core, leaving an opportunity for self‐examination and re‐evaluation of their make‐up and structure.

Shamineh Byramji is a recent graduate of The Fletcher School. Upon finishing a fellowship with The Asia Foundation in San Francisco, she embarked on a tour of earthquake‐affected areas of Pakistan.


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