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Hurricane journal

By Samantha Perez

August 29, 2005

Last days in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana

August 30, 2005

Fleeing Katrina

August 30, 2005

First news from home

August 31, 2005

The Bossier City blues

September 1, 2005

Raisin Bran and gypsies

September 1, 2005

Back to school?

September 2, 2005

Wine and celebration

September 3, 2005

Just darkness and the cry of a million crickets

September 3, 2005

Let me go home

September 6, 2005

Out of place in a new school

September 8, 2005

Sleepless in Natchitoches

September 13, 2005

Hitting the road, again

September 16, 2005

Guilt and doubt

September 17, 2005

Going home

Going home (dial-up version)

October 23, 2005

Katrina tossed us into a snow globe

October 30, 2005

A sweet reunion

November 4, 2005

Music provides escape

November 6, 2005

Tired, stressed and homeless

November 23, 2005

Happiness and snow

November 25, 2005

Giving thanks for good friends

Dec. 7, 2005

A long-awaited, post-Katrina class reunion

Dec. 12, 2005

Burn Book scorches the soul

Dec. 13, 2005

Old books and soothing words

Dec. 18, 2005

Ready or not, here comes Christmas

Dec. 26, 2005

Christmas cheer in a FEMA camper

March 13, 2006

Mix of flavors makes New Orleans great

May 5, 2006

On the last day of high school

May 14, 2006

A pink dress at the prom

May 25, 2006

Graduation after a year on the road

July 3, 2006

Lost freedom on the Fourth of July

August 29, 2006

One year since Katrina: A journey of hope and strength

December 25, 2006

Christmas in the parish

Dreams and memories in St. Bernard Parish

June 10, 2007

We're gonna be just fine

February 13, 2008



Samantha Perez, in her pretty pink dress, in better times

Samantha Perez

Hurricane Katrina - NASA photo

Links to printed Hurricane Journal pages, in PDF format:

September 9, 2005

September 10, 2005

September 23, 2005

September 24, 2005

October 6, 2005

October 7, 2005

Nov. 10, 2005

Nov. 16, 2005

Dec. 17, 2005 (not available yet)

Dec. 23, 2005

Dec. 24, 2005

Dec. 30, 2005

March 23, 2006

Thirteen issues of The Tattoo have featured the first 26 entries from Samantha Perez's journal.

By Michel Lee / The Tattoo

A temporary home.

Brent Altemus/The Tattoo  

Hannan seniors, from left, Jennifer Shockley, Samantha Perez and Leanne Kahrs

By Michel Lee/ The Tattoo

St. Bernard Parish, 2006

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What it looks like at Sammy's former home in St. Bernard Parish, La.

St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, after Hurricane Katrina

Donate to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts::
American Red Cross
800-HELP NOW (435-7669) English
800-257-7575 Spanish

America's Second Harvest



Donate and Volunteer:

Adventist Community Services

Catholic Charities, USA

Christian Disaster Response
941-956-5183 or 941-551-9554

Christian Reformed World Relief Committee

Church World Service

Convoy of Hope

Lutheran Disaster Response

Mennonite Disaster Service

Nazarene Disaster Response

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

Salvation Army
800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769)

Southern Baptist Convention -- Disaster Relief
800-462-8657, ext. 6440

United Methodist Committee on Relief

Thanks to craigslist.com for links to charities.

For information about conditions in St. Bernard Parish, check out these links:

St. Bernard Parish's official web site

Rebuilding St. Bernard blog

nola.com's forum on St. Bernard Parish




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