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The stories

I *know* many of you are fighting for things that are very, very important right now. And I'm truly grateful. But I have this panic, way down inside, that the human stories will be lost in the fury. So I'm collecting them -- lots of them. When one, like this one, speaks of what's real, I'll post it for you. When one twists my gut, like this one, I'll ask you to read it, too.

These are our stories. Don't let them be lost.



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Sep. 9th, 2005 05:37 am (UTC)
I have been making myself read because turning away is too easy.

Perhaps you have seen this, but if not, it's worth reading it.
Sep. 9th, 2005 05:31 pm (UTC)
*hugs you*

I read a different version of the story, just the straight report from the two writers. Except I didn't know they were writers, and it didn't have all the corroborating details added in. To be honest, I thought there was a chance it was a false or embellished report, because it read more like a novel or short story than the way real people tell these kinds of stories. Learning that they are writers by trade and seeing what Making Light (which I trust implicitly) has inserted to corroborate, I must very, very sadly conclude that it's real. What that one commenter said about the Westbank being a dead end route is true, but you'd think that those cops, along with all the other "helper" professionals these people encountered, could have just *told* them that. The one thing I keep telling myself in all of this is that these folks (cops, military, etc.) were at that time leaderless and missionless. And they are not professions filled with people who do well independently, without goals, and without explicit orders. So while I think this kind of stuff is HEINOUS, I do see how it came to be.

I've got another one to share later, from a nurse who lasted out the storm and evacuation in a hospital.
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