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Days After, Finding Communities Stranded Living in Hurricane Dorian Wreckage

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At first they thought it was another pile of debris. But, thanks to a hunch, a volunteer team discovered via helicopter a community of about 40 people who were trapped and living without food in smashed cars and wreckage days after Hurricane Dorian tore through the Abacos Islands in the Bahamas.

Like most of the residents who stayed behind and are still living in dire conditions across Great Abaco Island, these people are undocumented Haitian immigrants. They are "afraid of being deported, so it is sometimes difficult to provide evacuation to these communities, and they aren’t the first to show themselves,” said Medic Corps, Medical Evacuation Disaster Intervention Corps, a nonprofit that helps people in disasters.

Haitians living in other shanty towns, like Sand Banks, which now look like unrecognizable junkyards fear that if they leave what remains of their homes, the government will prevent them from returning.

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