NOTE: This is a guest post from Cherri Foytlin, who is a journalist, mother of six and wife of an oil worker who lives in south Louisiana. She is the author of “Spill It! The Truth About the Deep Water Oil Rig Explosion.” This post was originally published on the Bridge the Gulf Project.
On August 30th and September 1st, I took a ride out to document some of the South Louisiana communities that have been affected by Hurricane Isaac. My last day ended in Jean Lafitte, Louisiana, where flood waters and high winds have devastated this small community of fishing families. At present, most are without power, many have lost all of their possessions, and some are still trapped in their homes, which are filled with 3-5 ft of water. Here you will find their take on the disaster, in their own words, spoken in the midst of losing all that they own.
I feel it an honor that these humble people stopped to share their thoughts and stories with me. I wish to stress that is all of our responsibility to amplify their voices so that they may be heard across the nation and world. I truly have not often seen such devastation, nor such grace or courage in the face of overwhelming loss. Please share their comments widely.
All photos are courtesy of Cherri Foytlin.
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