Libraries Without Borders (LWB) thinks so and have unveiled a petition, The Urgency of Reading, to address the need.
People reach out to catch books, donated by the Cuban government, in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake. Photograph: Ramon Espinosa/AP Image via
The Urgency of Reading states that reading and writing are 'essential to healing and reconstruction' after disasters and holds the:
strong belief that books, writing, and learning should not be denied to victims of humanitarian disasters, Libraries Without Borders, through this call to action, seeks to increase awareness about the need for access to information and books in post-disaster situations. Furthermore, LWB calls on international organizations to 1) expand reading, cultural and educational programs, which activate the human spirit and help individuals cope with trauma; and 2) make the provision of access to information and books a priority for international humanitarian relief.
Hard not to support this one.
Press release with names of first signatories.
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