Three months after Hurricane Maria and still counting
I have not written anything worthy for over three months and Hurricane Maria has everything to do with it. I have no electricity for more than three months and therefore I cannot use my PC laptop.
I do have an Android Tablet, but I never used it before to write because I found it complicated or kind of difficult to use it as a writing tool. But practice makes perfect and here I therefore go!
One month after the Disaster, the National Guard came by without announcing so. The Guard was distributing water and canned goods. A neighbor came to my door telling that if I wanted something then I would have to go up to them on the road and ask them for my stuff.
They gave me six liters of bottled water and a sack of canned goods. I never saw the Guard again even though I heard their trucks go up and down the road.
That same week, about three days after National Guard came by, FEMA dropped by offering low interests loans. Interestingly, that the people they hired did not speak Spanish and did not help those really in need, such as fast cash or even medical aid. A lot of people needed tarps to protect their ruined houses from rain and the sun but FEMA had ran out.
Many people including the Mayor complained that FEMA was not responding as an emergency agency but rather as a service unknown to who, because nothing was really done. Even the Guard complained that the store houses were jammed with supplies but without the say so of FEMA thus nothing was distributed. In fact, a lot rice and refresh or dried goods were damaged or spoiled due to exposure to rain or humidity.
But nevertheless, Merry Christmas to one and all, to small and tall and may the peace of God and the knowledge of God illuminate the world so that in the world there will be true gladness and true joy and true abundance for all the ages to come.
By Francisco Sanchez, Jr., Las Marias, Puerto Rico.