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Lisa travels to Gulfport, Mississippi, where she visits an apartment complex damaged by Katrina. Despite the conditions, Lisa learns that 25 families are still calling it "home." She meets Lily, one of the residents who has been living next to an open sewer for months. Lily says the "terrible," unsanitary living conditions have taken a toll on her health. "I went to the doctor and they said I had an infection on my lungs," Lily says. "And then sores got all [over my head]. I think it's from all the debris." Despite these conditions, Lily says she has no other place to go.

Another resident, Linda, has been living without a roof, plumbing or electricity since the hurricane struck. At 60 years old, Linda has been using a bucket as a toilet for more than 5 months.

Like her neighbor Lily, Linda has nowhere else to live. She tells Lisa that her hope is that she'll eventually be provided with a trailer from government agencies.

"This place disappeared off the radar screen," Lisa says. "It's just this forgotten place."
FROM: An Oprah Special Report: The Katrina Stories No One is Telling
Published on February 21, 2006


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