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The Legacy of Maria

One year after a devastating hurricane, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz addresses FEMA’s inadequate response and Puerto Rico’s future



VOICE OF THE VOICELESS After Hurricane Maria, Cruz became the harshest critic of the Trump administration’s handling of the crisis.
Illustration by ALEX FINE

“People were on the verge, psychologically and physically.”

ON SEPTEMBER 20, 2017, HURRICANE MARIA plowed into Puerto Rico with winds of 155 miles per hour, leaving the island in shambles. San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz’s voice quivers as she speaks of that day and the man-made disaster that followed. “I feel anger and sadness because this should have never happened”, she says. “It has been a difficult year for Puerto Rico.”

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