Soon, I leave for Puerto Rico…with bags full of water filters and solar panels

I am not a relief worker. They say one should never self-deploy in disasters. Nonetheless, when neglect extends a disaster for months, I think a certain personal hair-on-fire urgency is called for. The people of Puerto Rico have been needlessly suffering since September 20th…more than two months, and some predict the loss of power, and therefore clean water, will continue in places for many more months. Nevertheless, San Juan has power and is safe to visit, and has working hotels, restaurants, and WIFI. I am hardly doing anything brave or dangerous. Nor is it particularly generous, as my brother-in-law’s foundation has donated money for the equipment, although my expenditure of time is not inconsiderable.

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Katie Easton