In Puerto Rico, residents lined up hundreds of pairs of shoes outside of the Capitol building in San Juan Friday as a memorial to those who have died after Hurricane Maria. The action came after a stunning study by Harvard researchers revealed the storm’s death toll is at least 4,645 people—70 times higher than the official count. This is Neida Morales Pérez, speaking at the vigil.
Neida Morales Pérez: “I’m here because my sister died. My sister is part of those statistics. She got in an accident, and they couldn’t operate on her in time. She was in the emergency room, in the trauma unit, and she was in the intensive care unit for 51 days, until she died on December 21, 2017.”