New Orleans refugees Lashondra and Lamaar Fefie. Photo by Lisa Krantz.
By Brian Chasnoff
San Antonio Express-News
NEW ORLEANS — Thousands of hurricane victims, some injured and all suffering, had been trapped for days Friday without food, water or medical supplies at the downtown convention center.
The streets outside were littered with garbage, feces and debris. A sea of angry and desperate people waited for rescue in the heat outside the sprawling complex.
“You’ve got women, babies, old folks,” screamed Louis Martin from east New Orleans. “We all are stuck here with no police protection.”
With no electricity or running water, the inside of the complex had become a fetid dump filled with human waste.
Tears streaming down his face, Lamar Fefie thrust out his swollen, rotting hand and bandaged wrist. He had ripped open his wrist on a broken window while escaping from the hurricane, he said.
“My hand’s dead,” he cried. “I can’t even move my fingers. I ask police to take me to the hospital, but all they do is pull guns on me.”