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katrina

While some details of what came after the federal state of emergency can be disputed, the massive flooding as the result of oft predicted broken levees cannot be. Thousands drowned, many inch by inch over days spent trapped, finally giving into fatigue and the lack of upward mobility. Thousands were trapped in the convention center and the Superdome without food and water or working bathrooms. People died in the streets for lack of medication and proper care. I could go on, but what I realize is that I can only write about this in the most distant way. I can’t do justice to the horror of this situation, to the absolute depth of this sickening feeling of watching this disaster unfold over days, with seemingly no help coming; all the while being told to send money, I thought we should have sent people, buses, planes. It was like having to watch people trapped in the towers on 9/11 again, knowing that people are dying, minute by minute, but having those few hours stretched out over sever…

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