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Puerto Rico continues to struggle on multiple fronts

February 9, 2018

Puerto Rico Hurricane Irman

The stark realities of the devastation of Hurricane Maria and the ongoing aftermath are something that we, as Americans, will have to continue to assess and evaluate while making sure we still helping those in desperate need. Our citizens need health services, mental health services, infrastructure rebuilding, along with help with a debt crisis that still looms over Puerto Rico’s head.

It’s frankly sad to hear about the humanitarian crisis going on as we speak. And like most natural disasters, it only grabs news headlines for a couple of weeks, until we all move on the next story or crisis, which in this Trump administration, seems to happen daily. (Second shutdown in a month? Really?)

The Daily Podcast from the New York Times, a podcast that I listen to pretty regularly, dedicated their past two episodes on the crisis in Puerto Rico, and how it effects health services, mental health services, politics, and even brings in the statehood/independent debate.

I highly recommend we all listen to these episodes and continue to keep Puerto Rico’s crisis top of mind and hold those in power accountable and continue to help the island with donations and assistance, to help our American brothers and sisters deal with the aftermath of this terrible disaster

Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018

Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico as a Category 4 storm on Sept. 20, flooding neighborhoods and villages and cutting power to 3.4 million people. More than four months later, much of the island is still in shock. A recent visit to a suicide prevention center shows the long-term toll on mental health in a place struck by the overwhelming impression that the rest of the world has moved on. Guest: Caitlin Dickerson, a national reporter for The New York Times.

Friday, Feb. 9, 2018

Hurricane Maria pummeled Puerto Rico with great fury, but the government there said that just 64 people had been killed by the storm. The hundreds of bodies showing up at morgues across the island told a different story.  Guests: Frances Robles, a New York Times correspondent based in Miami; Mili Bonilla, whose father died in Puerto Rico in October.

You can find the episodes on their podcast page: https://www.nytimes.com/podcasts/the-daily

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