"TRYING NOT TO FEEL POWERLESS IN THE FACE OF OVERWHELMING NEED" an excerpt from THE POST-KATRINA PORTRAITS
"This trip is about not being powerless in the face of overwhelming need. Its a about a community traumatized by a storm, but just as traumatized by the ineffective institutional response and/or neglect of their needs. It's about my being ashamed of that response. Needing TO DO something. This is a whole community experiencing the fallout of trauma.
Its not the individuals traumatized by physical or sexual violence that I'm used to working with, more like refugees who've lived in camps. I rather doubt that my 2 weeks at the Algier's Clinic in February, so long after the storm, providing counseling, will have had much of an effect on those who I've worked with as it's had on me.
Whose powerlessness was this trip about? I suspect it's my own.
Francesco di Santis
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