|Before and After Katrina (see below for link)|
When I went several streets inland, towards town, there were people. Some, were fixing their properties, but many were meandering, seemingly without purpose. The people were utterly overwhelmed. I drove around, looking for a way to connect with someone but I didn't find anyone who could direct me to where I could volunteer. Maybe I could have tried harder, or should have, but my mission to volunteer to help with the clean up seemed daunting and fruitless.
|Biloxi, before Katrina|
I now understood the discrepancy in the allocation of funds. It was mentioned on the news but now I was presently in it. I didn't know what else to do so I found a place to stay just outside of Biloxi to figure out my next step. I was deeply touched by my time in Biloxi. I struggled with my feelings, not only with the destruction, but the abandonment and lack of movement towards rebuilding. I had been thousands of miles away on Kauai when it all happened. And, although I could have compassion and empathy at the time, there was such a profound experience witnessing the havoc. And, I considered about all of the times, where money and people of the US have gone to support others in natural disasters, I felt that this place had been forgotten when it needed to be remembered the most.
A link to more photos (copy and paste into browser): www.louisianaphotos.com/Katrina/B_A/Biloxi.html