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.
6 months ago, Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico.
🇵🇷, Where were you?
Where are you, today?
Amplifying your stories all day.
Hace 6 meses Maria azotó a Puerto Rico.
🇵🇷, donde tú estabas?
Donde estás hoy?
Hoy, amplificaré tu historia. pic.twitter.com/FqQNXSyi87
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) March 20, 2018
And now, for some of those moving stories…