The destructive power of Hurricane María generated more than $100 billion in damage and caused an estimated 5,000 deaths in Puerto Rico. Now, nearly a year later, the island nation continues a slow recovery as electricity has still not returned to thousands of residents.
Husker photo journalists participating in the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Global Eyewitness program traveled to Puerto Rico to record video and images of and tell stories about the hurricane, damages, recovery and the people who live there. The students’ work will be featured in an Aug. 3 premiere of Global Eyewitnesses’ latest depth report project, “Left in the Dark.” The project is designed to raise awareness about the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico and echoes the islands’ called for recovery.
The exhibition opens at 6 p.m. in Parrish Studios, 1410 O St. Introductory remarks will be provided by Luis Othoniel Rosa, a professor of ethnic studies and Spanish. A film screening is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
The visual storytelling exhibition features multimedia films produced by Nebraska photojournalism students in winter 2017, three months after Hurricane María devastated the island.
A donation-based print sale will be offered until 9 p.m. with all proceeds benefiting grassroots organizations in Puerto Rico. The event, presented by the College of Journalism and Mass Communications, is free and open to the public.