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NY Times: One Day in the Life of Battered Puerto Rico

Posted by cypresstx on 9/30/2017, 8:17 pm

NY Times: One Day in the Life of Battered Puerto Rico

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/09/30/us/24-hours-in-puerto-rico-after-hurricane-maria.html

compelling, personal accounts from Corozal, Santurce, San Juan, Ocean Park, Trujillo Alto, Santurce, Arecibo, Guayama, Barrio Vietnam, Guaynabo, Utuado, Salinas, Ponce - hard to keep a dry eye

There's an expression in Puerto Rico: "Hay que echar pa' lante." It roughly translates to "Gotta move forward."

It is an expression of optimism in the face of adversity, which Puerto Rico had in abundance even before Maria. The storm threw Puerto Rico into the darkest, most hellish abyss it has seen in generations. Maybe it would be naïve to think that a sustained dose of "Hay que echar pa' lante" is enough for the island and its people to make it through. But it would be a misunderstanding of Puerto Rico's people and culture not to factor it in.


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humanitarian aid/evac for Puerto Rico & other islands - cypresstx, 9/25/2017, 5:25 am

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