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Resettlement of communities The case study of Jaguaribara: A resilient community (Northeast of Brazil)

Isabelle Amorim
Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies | Vol 2, No 3 | a28 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/jamba.v2i3.28 | © 2009 Isabelle Amorim | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 25 April 2009 | Published: 25 April 2009

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Isabelle Amorim, Network on Humanitarian%Assistance (NOHA) University of Groningen, The Netherlands Bangkok University, Thailand, Thailand

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This paper examines the displacement of the inhabitants of Jaguaribara (Northeast Brazil) who were resettled due to the construction of the “Castanhao”. #e Government planned a new city to shelter the inhabitants from “Old Jaguaribara” that was $ooded due to the over$owing of the dam. #e case of Jaguaribara provides another perspective for analysing the consequences of the resettlement of the community, elucidating - besides the impoverishment risks - the protective factors that came up during the process of resistance against the construction of the dam, in the light of the concept of resilience. In order to capture the various dimensions of this process, qualitative primary data were used as the main source, together with documentation made by NGOs and professionals involved during the process of resistance against the construction of the dam, as well as semi-structured interviews. #e enhancement of resilience in Jaguaribara represented the possibility to transform isolated individuals into a powerful integrated group that could combine forces, catalyse collective gains as well as articulate and defend common interests.


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