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Powerful Images Of Ballerinas Dancing In Puerto Rico 5 Months After Hurricane Maria

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Powerful Images Of Ballerinas Dancing In Puerto Rico 5 Months After Hurricane Maria

In order to raise awareness for hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico, photographer Omar Z. Robles took a trip around the country, photographing ballet dancers as he went.

"I just made it back from visiting my home country of Puerto Rico," Robles says. "It is the first time I get to visit since hurricane María swept through, almost exactly 5 months after. "

During the visit, in addition to taking photos, Robles gathered stories from friends and relatives. He was told horrifying tales of death and destruction– and stories of the aftermath, too. According to many, after the hurricane hit, it was normal to stand in line for 6 hours to buy food and 12 hours to buy gasoline.

Five months after the hurricane and my island, my people, my family still carry open wounds from that horrendous day.

"It was an incredibly emotional and difficult trip," he says of the experience. "I found myself fighting the tears more times than I can recall. Five months after the hurricane and my island, my people, my family still carry open wounds from that horrendous day."

After returning to New York, Robles attempted to make sense of his trip.

"Sometimes it is harder to talk about the things that are more personal in nature, but partly also because it has been hard to imagine a light at the end of this dark tunnel," he says. "The truth is that the future of my country looks grim and it is hard to face that fact." 

If you want to donate to disaster recovering in Puerto Rico, you can do so through Global Giving.

Via Omar Z. Robles & My Modern Met

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