Part 1

(Section 7A)

The Storm

Experiencing the Storm

Caitlin Dickerson and Luis Ferré-Sadurní, “‘Like Going Back in Time’: Puerto Ricans Put Survival Skills to Use,” The New York Times, October 24, 2017.

Molly Hennessy-Fiske, “In one Puerto Rico mountain town, a wall of mud came crashing down,” LA Times, September 24, 2017.

Ruth “Tata” Santiago, “Dispatch From the Frontlines of Puerto Rico in a Post-María World,” Latino Rebels, October 9, 2017.

San Juan mayor: ‘There is horror in the streets,’” The Washington Post, September 23, 2017.

Evelyn Milagros Rodríguez, “I’m a librarian in Puerto Rico, and this is my Hurricane Maria survival story,” The Conversation, October 26, 2017.

MAP: El paso exacto de María

Darkness and Disconnection

Frances Robles, Lizette Álvarez and Mary Williams Walsh, “Facing Months in the Dark, Ordinary Life in Puerto Rico is ‘Beyond Reach’,” The New York Times, September 22, 2017.

Richard Fausset, Frances Robles, and Deborah Acosta, “Minus Electrical Grid, Puerto Rico Becomes Generator Island,” The New York Times, October 7, 2017.

Yochi Dreazen, “Darkness: life in Puerto Rico without electricity,” Vox, October 24, 2017.

Umair Irfan, “Hurricane Maria has now caused the longest blackout in US history,” Vox, October 30, 2017.

Catalina M. de Onís, “For Many in Puerto Rico, ‘energy dominance’ is just a new name for US colonialism,” The Conversation, August 21, 2017.

Multimedia article: Arelis R. Hernández, Whitney Leaming and Zoeann Murphy “Sin Luz: Life Without Power,” Washington Post,  December 14,2017. VERSION ESPAÑOL.

Adam Rogers “In Puerto Rico, No Power Means No Telecommunications” October 10, 2017

Rachel Becker “Trying to communicate after the hurrricane: “It’s as if Puerto Rico doesn’t exist” The September 29, 2017.

Katie Zezima, “‘I just need my mother’: The frantic quest to contact loved ones in Puerto Rico,” The Washington Post, September 22, 2017.

SONG: Joseph Fonseca, “La Planta Nueva (Navidad Boricua)” YouTube Video November 19, 2017

VIDEO “Puerto Rico: La isla incomunicada” YouTube Video Univision Noticias September 28, 2017.


Associated Press, “In Puerto Rico post-Maria, a new shortage: Cash,” CBS News, September 28, 2017.

Pablo Venes, “Starving Puerto Rican Towns Sharing Food, Eating Plants, and Waiting for FEMA,” Daily Beast, October 10, 2017.

Amanda Holpuch, “Life or death as Puerto Rico’s older people go without essentials,” The Guardian, October 3, 2017.

Caitlin Dickerson, “Finding Water in Puerto Rico: An Endless Game of Cat and Mouse,” The New York Times, October 12, 2017.

Redacción Digital NotiUno. “FEMA justifica decomiso de miles de botellas de agua,” NotiUno, July 30, 2019.

Molly Hennessy-Fiske, “She was covered in insects and unable to walk: Doctors in Puerto Rico only now discovering the problems in remote towns,” LA Times, October 6, 2017.

Richard Wolffe, “Puerto Rico: US officials privately acknowledge serious food shortage,” The Guardian, October 11, 2017.

VIDEO: “Ancianos relatan sus vivencias después de María,” Noticel, November 11, 2017.


Vann R. Newkirk, “Puerto Rico’s Environmental Catastrophe,” The Atlantic, October 18, 2017.

Emily Atkin, “Puerto Rico Is Already an Environmental Tragedy. Hurricane Maria Will Make It Even Worse.,” The New Republic, September 19, 2017.

Alexa S. Dietrich, Adriana María Garriga-López and Claudia Sofía Garriga-López, “Hurricane Maria Exposes Puerto Rico’s Stark Environmental and Health Inequalities,” Items: Insights From the Social Sciences, October 3, 2017.

AES no tapó cenizas ante paso de huracán María,” Radio Isla, September 22, 2017.

Coco McCabe, “Mold is blanketing Puerto Rico making it difficult for many to breathe,” Daily Kos, October 31, 2017.

Julia Belluz “The unrelenting crisis in Puerto Rico is forcing people to drink dirty water,” Vox, October 18, 2017.

Damaris Suárez “Agencias de gobierno no actúan ante peligros que conllevan los generadores eléctricos,” Centro de Periodismo Investigativo, November 13, 2017.

Health Crisis

Frances Robles “Puerto Rico’s Health Care Is in Dire Condition, Three Weeks After Maria,” New York Times, October 10, 2017.

Vann R Newkirk II, “Puerto Rico’s Dire Health-Care Crisis” The Atlantic, October 29, 2017.

Eleanor Cummins and Aaron Mak, “In Puerto Rico, Surgery by Flashlight Is Just the Beginning,” Slate, October 23, 2017.

Omaya Sosa Pascual and Jennifer Wiscovitch Padilla, “Caos en los hospitales ‘operacionales,’” Centro de Periodismo Investigativo, October 9, 2017. ENGLISH VERSION

Jennifer Bendery, “These Volunteer Nurses In Puerto Rico Fear FEMA Is Failing,” The Huffington Post, October 13, 2017.

Ana Campoy “Puerto Rico is becoming a textbook example of how waterborne disease outbreaks spread,” Quartz, October 20, 2017.

Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza, “Life and Death in Puerto Rico,” Pacific Standard, October 3, 2017.

Flight and Displacement

Jack Healy and Luis Ferré, “For Many on Puerto Rico, the Most Coveted Item is a Plane Ticket Out,” The New York Times, October 5, 2017. (En español: ‘Todos se van’: el éxodo que amenaza la reconstrucción de Puerto Rico)

Yarimar Bonilla, “How the U.S. will replace immigrant workers with Puerto Ricans” Washington Post January 19, 2017.

Anthony Faiola, Samantha Schmidt, Marc Fisher,  “Should they go back?,” The Washington Post, September 30, 2017.

Benjamín Torres Gotay, “Se van con el corazón roto,” Primera Hora, October 05, 2017.

Damaris Suárez, “‘Ya estiré el chicle hasta donde puedo: Me voy de Puerto Rico,’” NotiCel, November 5, 2017.

Yaritza Rivera Clemente, “Éxodo de estudiantes a EE.UU.,” El Vocero, November 5, 2017.

Edwin Meléndez and Jennifer Hinojosa, “Estimates of Post-Hurricane Maria Exodus from Puerto Rico,” Center for Puerto Rican Studies, October 2017.

Joe Light, “HUD Explores Temporarily Housing Puerto Ricans on U.S. Mainland,” Bloomberg, October 29, 2017.

Jhoni Jackson, “Puerto Ricans on the Heartbreak of Leaving Post-Maria: ‘I feel like I’m being kicked out of my home,’” Remezcla, October 27, 2017.

Chico Harlan “U.S. companies see opportunity in exodus from storm-ravaged Puerto Rico” Washington Post, January 1, 2018.

John D Sutter. “130,000 left Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, Census Bureau says,” CNN, December 19, 2018.

Todd Heisler “Added to the Storm’s Toll, Guilt and Heartache for Puerto Ricans Who Fled” New York Times, November 26, 2017.

John D. Sutter, “Motel Misery: Hundred fled Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico only to end up functionally homeless in Florida,” CNN, April 20, 2018.

Arelis R. Hernández, “Thousands of Puerto Ricans displaced by Hurricane Maria could be forced out of their temporary homes,” The Independent, August 12, 2018.


Caitlin Dickerson “After Hurricane, Signs of a Mental Health Crisis Haunt Puerto Rico” New York Times, November 13, 2017.

Carmen Heredia Rodríguez, “Hurricane Maria’s legacy: Thousands of Puerto Rican students show PTSD symptoms,” PBS. April 27, 2019.

Ed Morales, “In Puerto Rico, Disconnection and Chaos, but Grace Under Pressure,” The Nation, October 13, 2017.

Marga Parés Arroyo, “Suben los suicidios,” El Nuevo Día, October 3, 2017.

April Ruiz, “My uncle survived Hurricane Maria. Despair over its devastation killed him.,” The Washington Post, October 6, 2017.

Sicólogos advierten sobre cantidad alarmante de suicidios,” NotiCel, November 1, 2017.

Amanda Holpuch, “Despair and Anxiety: Puerto Rico’s ‘Living Emergency’ as Mental Health Crisis Unfolds,” The Guardian, August 7, 2018.

Rebecca Renner, “The deadliest period of a hurricane? After it’s over,” The Washington Post, September 12, 2017.