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Hurricane Katrina Review

Hurricane Katrina Review

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What becomes of a broken-hearted? A Hurricane Katrina Essay 
I am among the millions of television viewers who continue to becaptivated by the horrific effects of Hurricane Katrina on the citizens of Louisiana,Mississippi, and Alabama. At times, I can not help but to wipe tears from myeyes as the cameras highlight the devastation. But nothing can compare to thegrief and sorrow in the eyes of the residents of the once thriving city we knew asNew Orleans. The impact of this national tragedy has been experienced on somany levels, and this monumental event has changed the lives of all of usforever. However, no one can dispute the impact of Hurricane Katrina on theBlack folks of New Orleans.In thinking about writing this article, I could have devoted careful time andattention to the shameful manner in which the elected officials of these UnitedStates of America responded to this crisis.From a psychological perspective, one can be well assured that Blackpeople are resilient, and have overcome some of the worse atrocities ever knownto man. After all, a large percentage of those affected by this disaster livedbelow the poverty line with very few resources to work with in the first place.However, it is important to acknowledge that in a crisis of this nature it isinevitable that the overall quality of life for the survivors, their families and friendshas been impacted in negative ways. One can be certain that there are manypeople who are at-risk of suffering from depression, anxiety, post-traumaticstress disorder and other psychological disorders simply because of themagnitude of this tragedy. Furthermore, those who were already suffering frompsychological distress may be even more vulnerable at this time.The government has stepped in to send the survivors to
safety 
, butseparation from families, familiar surroundings, and resources, may severely jeopardize their psychological well-being. For example, the Black church serves

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