To finish of our week highlighting Puerto Rico, we're doing something a little different for our "Featured Friday." This week, one of our interns made a video highlighting her and her family's experiences after Hurricane Maria. .
"For me, this video was about bringing awareness to the experience that my family went through. Some pictures come from the initial days after Hurricane Maria, but many of these pictures come from December, the first time after Hurricane Maria that I had the opportunity to go home. Even after visiting in the following months, with my last visit in May, the damage can still be seen firsthand."
"The study that came out a few weeks ago regarding the official death count is huge, because the US government still refuses to acknowledge the abundant number of deaths that occurred, many of which were avoidable. I wanted to use this video to highlight the injustices so many people faced, and to remind everyone not to forget about the thousands of people still struggling today. My hope is to have the government change the official death count and to have the government acknowledge the disservice and mistreatment of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The US cannot continue to treat the people of Puerto Rico as second-class citizens. My story is just one amongst thousands, and so many more people have their stories that need to be heard." -Nickole Durbin