I spent a month volunteering in Northwest Puerto Rico after Hurricane María. I was based out of Rincón. This story is pieced from journal entries beginning on this date three years ago:

Isabel Maldonado lived on a dirt road near the beach at the Balneario. She lived in a shack with a rusted roof barely bigger than a toolshed. She was born there and she would die there. Today, thirty-three days after María, she was getting a generator.

I had been pulled off a tree-clearing job in the hills to set up a “borrowed” FEMA generator for Mike, our team…

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