Featured Video: “Staying Isn’t Easy” – One Family’s Struggle to Rebuild their Home

Luz Santiago in the ruins of her home in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, March 2018. Photo: Ben Moffat

“When we got back to the house, we saw that we had lost everything that we had,” recalls Mary Colón, a resident of Yabucoa, a town in southeastern Puerto Rico.

While thousands of Puerto Ricans have fled to the U.S. mainland for housing, medical attention, employment and educational opportunities, some are committed to staying and rebuilding. Charlene Santiago produced this film about the Colón-Santiago family who are determined to overcome the devastation left by the storm.

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This documentary was first published by Cronkite Noticias, the news division of Arizona PBS. Its daily news stories are produced by the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

Fi2W is supported by the David and Katherine Moore Family Foundation, the Ralph E. Odgen Foundation, the J.M. Kaplan Fund, an anonymous donor and readers like you.

AboutCharlene Santiago
Charlene is a bilingual multimedia journalist with a passion for visual storytelling. She is studying journalism at Arizona State University and will graduate in December 2018.