Building High-tech Castles in the Air?
Anisa Jabeen Nasir Jafar

-resourced settings is rapid; however, for that acute period, ‘normal’ is suspended. One area which is illustrative of such acute stress on a healthcare system is documentation. In ordinary circumstances, whether paper or electronic health records are adopted, there is felt to be sufficient time to produce adequate documentation. In a crisis situation, the documentation drops in priority. First and most appropriate, this is because clinical care takes more attention. Second, however, it is often connected to

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Louise Zamparutti

This essay analyses the literature on the foibe to illustrate a political use of human remains. The foibe are the deep karstic pits in Istria and around Trieste where Yugoslavian Communist troops disposed of Italians they executed en masse during World War II. By comparing contemporary literature on the foibe to a selection of archival reports of foibe exhumation processes it will be argued that the foibe literature popular in Italy today serves a political rather than informational purpose. Counterpublic theory will be applied to examine how the recent increase in popular foibe literature brought the identity of the esuli, one of Italy‘s subaltern counterpublics, to the national stage. The paper argues that by employing the narrative structure of the Holocaust, contemporary literature on the foibe attempts to recast Italy as a counterpublic in the wider European public sphere, presenting Italy as an unrecognised victim in World War II.

Human Remains and Violence: An Interdisciplinary Journal
Nazanin Zadeh-Cummings and Lauren Harris

tool for analysis. Humanitarian data, which is subject to the obstacles of working within a repressive system where information and movement are controlled, gives an understanding of how agencies operating in the country quantify and define needs within the constrained environment. Humanitarian documentation on the DPRK is not without its challenges – access has been a perennial issue, leading several NGOs to withdraw in the 1990s and 2000s. While restrictions remain and continue to be a major challenge, some indicators suggest aspects of access can and have

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Editors’ Introduction
Tanja R. Müller and Gemma Sou

, requires a considered debate about data colonialism. Two further contributions engage with the specific field of medical humanitarianism. Jafar, in her op-ed, takes the example of medical documentation to reflect on the challenges that overseas medical teams face in acute emergencies. Issues around security, ownership and sharing are pivotal when having to make decisions about electronic records versus pen and paper – and much might be said for the former. In an interview with the editors

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A Military Tactic or Collateral Damage?
Abdulkarim Ekzayez and Ammar Sabouni

humanitarian assistance and arbitrary response take precedence over research. Regardless of how many resources are being poured into such responses, it is relatively rare to find reliable information and data during the acute phase of such crisis ( Checchi et al. , 2017 ). However, for the Syrian conflict, the scarcity of data has been rectified by the use of social media, which has provided an intensive documentation for this conflict. Syrian local activists played key roles in documenting and communicating realities on the ground. Some of these efforts have been

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Lessons Learned from an Intervention by Médecins Sans Frontières
Maria Ximena Di Lollo, Elena Estrada Cocina, Francisco De Bartolome Gisbert, Raquel González Juarez, and Ana Garcia Mingo

and technical guidelines with practical solutions to infection control questions and protocols as well as self-protection techniques were shared. By the end of July 2020, the website had received almost 76,000 visits and more than 9,500 people had participated in one of the thirty-eight webinars organised. The website was used in many countries in Latin America and remained open for a year with access to the published documentation and training

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Catherine Akurut

International Studies , 4 : 1 , 60 – 74 . Ferro Ribeiro , S. and Van der Straten Ponthoz , D. ( 2017 ), International Protocol on the Documentation and Investigation of Sexual Violence in Conflict: Best Practice on the Documentation of Sexual Violence as a Crime or Violation of International Law , https

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Timothy Longman

1996, and they were deeply frustrated that Des Forges continued to research and refine the text for several more years. 5 Yet what was sacrificed in terms of expediency was gained in terms of precision and thoroughness. Des Forges literally spent years chasing down details, seeking out witnesses and documentation in order to complete the story of the genocide. The resulting document had an impact different than that of a traditional human rights report, but its impact has been profound, particularly on increasing accountability for the genocide. I know of no

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Positioning, Politics and Pertinence
Natalie Roberts

, who had opened an Ebola treatment centre in Beni’s General Hospital and were contributing to the documentation of a new ‘paradigm’ of improved supportive care, which included the administration of intravenous fluids, blood transfusions and oxygen therapy as necessary to any patient with signs of critical illness, whether they eventually tested positive for Ebola or not ( Fischer et al. , 2019

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Open Access (free)
Digital Bodies, Data and Gifts
Kristin Bergtora Sandvik

Registration, Population Data Management and Documentation’ , (accessed 18 January 2020) . UNHCR ( n.d.a ) ‘ Registration Guidelines’ , (accessed 1 June 2019

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