April 30, 2014

Hurricane Katrina - What They Didn't Want You to See

What They Didn't Want You To See


After the devastating Japanese earthquake and tsunami I realized that American media didn't really openly cover the grisly reality of Hurricane Katrina (and other US natural disaster as well). Yet ironically when a disaster strikes off of US land the 'corpse coverage' reigns in quite high in US media. Granted, Hurricane Katrina hit the US very hard and highlighting these areas tends to make FEMA and the US response to the storms toll even worse (it was already pretty bad, and they didn't need any extra icing on that 'cake'). Alas, years later the photos surfaced of the horrifying conditions that New Orleans natives had to endure is quite unsettling- and knowing that help didn't arrive for days is heartbreaking. 

"I remember the riots in Watts. I remember the earthquake in San Francisco. I remember a lot of things. I have never seen anything as badly handled as this situation in New Orleans. Where the hell is the water for these people? Why can't sandwiches be dropped to those people in that Superdome down there? It's a disgrace. And don't think the world isn't watching." - James Cafferty - CNN News

[People walk by a dead body on a street in New Orleans, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2005.Thousands of area residents still remain in the besieged city but military assistance has improved and people are being evacuated by air and bus. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)]

[Members of the 82nd Airborne walk past the body of a dead man on Union in downtown New Orleans Wednesday, Sept.7, 2005. Law enforcement officials were uncertain of the cause of death. . (AP Photo/The Times, Greg Pearson)]

[Chickasaw Nation Search and Rescuer, Casey Kelley, looks on as his rescue boat makes it's way past a home with a dead body floating in the front yard in New Orleans, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2005. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Barbara Davidson)]

[Patricia Jefferson Joseph cries after viewing A dead body at left just outside the historic French Quarter in New Orleans, La., Sunday, Sept. 4, 2005. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)]

[A blue quilt covers the body of a Hurricane Katrina flood victim underneath Interstate 10 in New Orleans on Friday, Sept. 9, 2005. (AP Photo/Ric Francis)]

[The body of a man lies less than a quarter of a mile from the French Market in New Orleans Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2005. Louisiana State Police say it appeared the white male was strangled. (AP Photo/The Times, Greg Pearson)]

[A body lies on the corner of Washington Avenue and S. Carrollton Avenue Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2005, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Irwin Thompson)]

xoxo disaster girl

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1 comment:

  1. I think that US GOB didn't do so much 'cause the majority race was black,poor and French Latin descendant that's why those s.o.t.b did nothing for the orleaners people