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Temporary housing is a blessing for many survivors of the storm, but many wonder if and when their homes will be rebuilt. Unfortunately, there's no easy answer.

"There's a lot of plans, there's not a lot of action," Anderson says. "There's a lot of committees...there's not a lot of decisions that have been made."

Anderson says the rebuilding efforts are complicated by political, racial and economic issues. Until these issues are resolved, Anderson tells Oprah, people won't know if they can rebuild their homes because their entire neighborhood may still be condemned.

Oprah believes that the world is looking to America to put these kinds of issues aside and step up as a nation to help those who need it most...and Anderson agrees.

"We are judged by how we treat the least fortunate among us," Anderson says. "We are judged—and should be judged—as a nation and as a people by how we care for our fellow citizens. We need to take a hard look at ourselves about where we are now, and what we're doing...and if we're doing enough."
FROM: An Oprah Special Report: The Katrina Stories No One is Telling
Published on February 21, 2006


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