Video Shows Where Puerto Rico’s Aid Went (Spoiler: It’s In A Dumpster In Puerto Rico)
In light of the outcry from one particularly vocal Democratic mayor in Puerto Rico about relief efforts after Hurricane Maria, a video is quickly making its way across the internet purportedly showing what happened to many of the supplies sent to help the locals who were devastated by the storm.The video’s description reads, “Fully packed meals in Trash Dumpster in Patilla, P.R. and Starvation still in effect in most of the island”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=80&v=ygGlKSy6RMU The video shows a man shocked to find what looks like a shipping container-sized bin filled with box after box of unopened meals that have been discarded. When the camera pans, you can see a semi-truck trailer right behind the dumpster, begging the question, “Did those supplies go straight from the truck to the trash?”It turns out the man in the dumpster happens to be the Secretary of State of Puerto Rico, Luis Rivera Marin.Marin states: “We got tipped about the mishandling of some of the supplies in a distribution center in Patilla, and we were able to corroborate what we didn’t want to see. In a garbage dump truck we found pallets full of meals ready to be distributed at one time but now all spoiled. They were left under the rain in the open air under the sun subject to rodents and animals.” https://www.facebook.com/noticias247pr/videos/10155733168944857/ Just two weeks ago, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz gave an impassioned speech calling out President Trump for what she sees as sub-par relief efforts while standing in front of pallets of unopened supplies donated by companies.
Correction: The title of the original article from Puerto Rico labeled the large container as a dumpster. It is actually a trailer with pallets of water and also MRE’s that were not unloaded. There is so much trash in the trailer, it gives the appearance of a dumpster. Regardless, the Secretary of State of Puerto Rico was upset as he waded thru the mess. To volunteer: firstname.lastname@example.org
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