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Photographs of poverty, destruction and aid on the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina.
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11 days after Hurricane Katrina hit the gulf coast of the United States, I travelled as a photojournalist with an impromptu relief mission from an African American church in Maryland to the region. It was a trip with little planning and less resources. It left me dazed and more then a little horrified at what I saw happening in my country. I never liked the initial edit of pictures that I made at the time, and because of that I didn't look at my original files until recently. I'm taking the opportunity of my joining the site to revisit the entire project.
Cousins marooned in devestated housing project in Biloxi. The storm surge left the buildings uninhabitable. 11 days after the storm, residents had nowhere to go and no way to get there.
A mud spattered flag still hangs from outside a church in Biloxi. At the height of the storm surge, it would have been submerged. 
This woman survived being washed out of her third floor window and hanging onto a tree until the surge subsided.
In response to federal failure, civilian organizers, including Martin Luthor King II, left, have a tense discussion about how best to get relief supplies to the worst hit areas of Biloxi. 
The surge left gutted homes and streets choked with mud in Biloxi.
Biloxi.
Biloxi.
A volunteer paramedic from Maryland in a mobile command post in Jefferson Parrish.
Ruined streetlights and electric lines.
Picking up emergency supplies in Jefferson Parrish.
Sign taped to the wall of a fire station in Jefferson Parrish.
A Kansas National Guard soldier slings his rifle as he comes off a smoke break at a medical station at a Jefferson Parrish school. The soldiers are the only real authority in the city where martial law has been declared. These Kansas National Guard soldiers had just arrived home from a tour in Iraq before being sent into the disaster.
Waiting for medical treatment at an aid station. People who remained after the hurricane had no access to common medicines to treat illnesses such as diabetes.
Scene while driving in a military vehicle through Jefferson Parrish.
Utility workers from across the country arrive in Jefferson Parrish to begin the long job of restoring electricity and basic services. 
The presidents helicopter flies high over a devastated Jefferon Parrish on it's way to New Orleans.