While mainstream media is lightly covering the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, it’s expected that many of the gritty details will be left out. But as we’re learning vital information through the “Report, Reimagine, Revive Puerto Rico” collective, the situation on the island is both desolate and drastic.
Afro-Latinx journalist, activist, and scholar Rosa Clemente gathered together a group of Latinx journalists and partnered with the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora in order to travel to the island and tell the true story of what has been going on post-hurricane. Since the group left on Friday October 6, they’ve documented their experiences through tweets, videos, photos, and interviews on Twitter and Facebook.
First thing’s first: all of the goods that have been donated from the U.S. goverment to the island from the mainland? They’re not being distributed.
Secondly, instead of helping the people on the ground who are starving to death or preserving resources, there are members of the U.S. military living the resort life. The latest post from the group’s Facebook page recounts a death count of over 400 people in San Juan alone.
If you want to help support the group in their endeavors, you can donate to their GoFundMe here. You can follow them on Twitter through the #PRontheMap hashtag, on Facebook through their page Report, Reimagine, Revive Puerto Rico, or their landing page PR On the Map.