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On August 28th, 2018, Hurricane Maria, the worst storm in nearly a century, laid waste to Puerto Rico, ripping apart the island’s already fragile infrastructure and disproportionately affecting those least equipped to cope with disaster: the poor, the elderly, and ethnic and racial minorities. Once their immediate needs of food, water, and shelter were addressed, residents confronted new challenges. These challenges included cuts to public services, such as the closure of nearly 300 schools, and a long-standing fiscal crisis that has stymied the island’s economic recovery. Many citizens have left the island and resettled in the continental US; other citizens remained and continue to confront a slow and difficult road to recovery.2020 has been another challenging year. A series of earthquakes in January left nearly a million residents without power and water. Then Covid-19 forced nearly 300,000 students on the island to begin the year remotely — even though many of these children lack access to the necessary electricity, computers, and internet connection.
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