Friday, January 7, 2011

I decided to wait until the last minute so that I could really think about what happen to the people of New Orleans. Spike Lee's documentary, When the Levees Broke, was a great visual of what people are still dealing with years after the disaster. Before the video I honestly did not think or feel a lot of sorrow for the people of New Orleans. Being from a third world country, Jamaica, catastrophes of that size was a normality. Majority of my country is in similar shape to New Orleans and I suppose that kept me from truly sympathizing. However; after seeing what the people are going through it somewhat softened my heart. My human nature automatically forced me to want to help and feel deep hurt for the loss those people faced. The country is already finding it hard to employ people, so I can only imagine how difficult it is for the survivors to relocate and find a job.
I have lived in Trenton for majority of my life and would hate to be forced to move away from here. To not even be given the option to stay or leave is one of the more simple, but more hurtful realizations. A man in the video was fortunate to have a two story house and sell the top half. What about those who did not? I am sure many people from New Orleans did not have many other asset than their house and car. While rebuilding I will be doing it not just for the people of New Orleans, but for the people of this country, for my country, and for surrounding countries alike. The rebuilding of New Orleans is like a ray of hope for many people, particularly for me. Hope that one day our homes will also be rebuilt.

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