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It has been five years since Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans. Sadly, five years later, devastation continues to manifest itself throughout the ravaged city. In May, Amnesty International released a new report detailing the numerous human rights violations suffered by the people of New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina struck land in 2005.

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By Cheslie W., Age 17

It was a beautiful sunny day with a few clouds scattered across the sky and a light breeze that flowed through the screens of opened windows and doors. For the first time in several months, my younger sister and I were getting along quite well. We were home alone, doing our own thing, when I heard a constant rummaging noise in the backyard. I went into my parent’s room and peeked through the louvers; at first I thought it was just a rooster that had flown into our avocado tree but as I looked on more, I saw a middle aged man up in our tree, picking our avocados.

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