After Maria

In 2017 and 2018 I explored how low-income Puerto Rican families recovered from Hurricane Maria. Alongside the brilliant illustrator, John Cei Douglas, we turned this research into a graphic novella in English and Spanish. The family is fictionalised, but their story reflects common experiences of the families I spoke to.

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The graphic novella speaks to many themes including representations of “developing” country contexts, environmental justice, gender, inequality, resilience, poverty, vulnerabilities, disasters and identities.

Discover the subtle social, cultural, economic and psychological impacts of disasters that go under the radar of the international news media. The story highlights what recovery means for disaster-affected people – is it simply repairing a damaged roof, or does it also include recovering a person’s sense of home?

Done footage of Ingenio, three weeks after Hurricane Maria
Inside a damaged Ingenio house, three weeks after Hurricane Maria

Contact John Cei Douglas

John is a freelance illustrator based in London. Check out his website and instagram.

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