"Eight Months After Katrina"
Bill Quigley in common dreams
On Monday, April 17, 2006, two bodies were found buried beneath what used to be a home in the Lower 9th Ward. Their discovery raised to 17 the number of Hurricane Katrina fatalities that have been discovered in New Orleans in the past month and a half. Katrina is now directly blamed for the deaths of 1,282 Louisiana residents. Eight months after Katrina, the state reports 987 people are still missing.
Chief Steve Glynn, who oversees the New Orleans Fire Department search effort that found the latest two bodies told CNN: "You want to put it to rest at some point. You want to feel like it's over and it's just not yet."
Eight months after Katrina, there are still nearly 300,000 people who have not returned to New Orleans. While we can hope that our community is nearing the end of finding bodies, the struggle for justice for the hundreds of thousands of displaced people continues.read more