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Lin-Manuel Miranda Shares Stories to Remind Us of Hurricane Maria’s Aftermath 6 Months Later

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Six months ago, Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico. Sadly, despite humanitarian efforts by people like Chef Jose Andres, stars visiting the island to help relief efforts, and even Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Almost Like Praying” (a song for Puerto Rico hurricane relief), the island is still not doing well. PR has seen an increase in suicides since the hurricane… which probably comes as no surprise to anyone who is still struggling to help Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

Yet on the six month anniversary of the disaster (and the subsequent terrible response by the U.S. government to help its own people), Lin-Manuel Miranda is once again stepping up to do something. In a tweet on Tuesday, the Hamilton creator decided to spend the day amplifying the voices of those who lived through the hurricane in an effort to bring attention to the suffering that still remains and the help that the U.S. territory still needs. Here are some of the most poignant, heartbreaking, and somewhat hopeful tweets he shared.

And now, for some of those moving stories… 

https://twitter.com/angrytaina/status/976083771043827715

Losing your home is, unfortunately, very common in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. 

Yet another reminder of how the U.S. government has failed its people. 

Despite it all, it’s important to be grateful for the lives we still have.

https://twitter.com/idcgabriela/status/976089369411977216

Six months later, and some remain without basic necessities.

https://twitter.com/amarcasma/status/976093369884692485

Many still can’t go home… 

Stories like this are simply heartbreaking.

Stories of hope matter, too. 

Many on the mainland waited anxiously to hear from their loved ones.

What does the government plan to do to help people like this abuela?

At least people like this still exist in the world. 

There are far too many stories of still no power, 6 months later.

It’s nice to hear that some university programs are helping. 

So much heartbreak. 

All things regrow… Someday, Puerto Rico will too.

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