OTHER WORK  
Belize, Children  

HURRICANE IRIS

PERU, COCA

 
Belizean children wait for clothing donations after Hurricane Iris.

HURRICANE IRIS, Belize in the Shadow

Around midnight on October 8, 2001 Hurricane Iris hit the small, Central American country of Belize. At the time, Iris was the strongest Atlantic hurricane of the season, with winds up to 140 miles per hour. The storm caused severe damage, destroying homes, flooding streets and leveling trees. Relief workers scrambled to give aid to the more than 19,800 people displaced by the storm in 38 villages. The storm destroyed 3,178 homes in the Toledo District alone. In all of Belize more than 13,000 were left homeless, including an estimated 8,000 children. In the shadow of current affairs, little international attention has been afforded the victims

COCA, TWO SIDES OF THE LEAF

Peru may soon surpass Colombia in the production of coca, the plant used to produce cocaine. North America is generally unaware of the huge cultural significance of the leaf, which permeates daily life and especially religious activity in the Andes.

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