Hazard Risk Resilience Magazine Volume 1 Issue 2 - Page 11

11 ‘If we possess our why of life we can put up with almost any how ’. F r i e d r i c h Ni etz s c h e If disaster interventions do not consider the role of religion they are missing a very important point. SO says DR Claudia Merli, an anthropologist at Durham University who has witnessed firsthand how people use religious ideas to frame disasters in an attempt to put order back into their lives. Despite the secular views of those who inhabit the richer, more developed and technologically advanced parts of the world, religion still plays a fundamental role within societies. Religion influences what many people wear, what language they speak, the food they eat and most of all how they perceive the world. In times