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Interviews Conducted by Xavier University Students

Name: Desmond Lewis
Age: 54
Home: New Orleans
Occupation: Renovation

“This is home to me. I love New Orleans....there's no place like Louisiana....I love this city!“




Name: Janet Tobias
Age: 50
Home: New Orleans
Occupation: President of Youth Organization

“We are not refugees! We are survivors.“




Name: Sr. Thien-An Nguyen
Age: 41
Home: New Orleans East
Occupation: Registered Nurse

“We took over the house. We were everywhere....in the living room, in his office.....actually one of the sisters slept on his desk!“




Name: Jacqueline Franklin
Age: 62
Home: New Orleans
Occupation: Retired

“I've always lived in the 7th ward..........my grandparents were born in the 7th ward, in that area. My parents were also born in the 7th ward, in that area.“




Name: Angel Bradford
Age: 21
Home: New Orleans
Occupation: Student

“Over there, that was the week of hell...on the ninth floor, mass unit of Charity hospital.“




Name: Jamari Powers
Age: 19
Home: New Orleans
Occupation: Student

“The only thing that they could have done different is not...like....sugar coat the whole situation.“




Name: Ryan Jones
Age: 19
Home: Houston
Occupation: Student

“I was getting frustrated because the water still didn't go down yet.........The water was still up for a couple of days after.“




Name: Lakeisha Rogers
Age: 26
Home: New Orleans
Occupation: Paralegal

“From the media's point of view, I think they over exaggerated everything......I mean the city was a mess, but the only things that they were showing on the news when I was in Houston was all of the things that were damaged.“




Name: Lance Madison
Age: 50
Home: New Orleans
Occupation: CTV Operator

“After the hurricane, seems like nothing's really being done down there. People are still having problems trying to get back down there because there's no help.“




Name: Louise Simmons Anderson
Age: 79
Home: New Orleans
Occupation: Retired

“After we weathered the storm and the weather was good, we got out and cleaned the block off of all the debris and started barbecuing.“




Name: Laurie Kaufman Hasan
Age: 46
Home: New Orleans
Occupation: Marketing

“...They had a picture of a white girl and a white boy going through the water with some stuff they had gotten and they said this was stuff they found. They showed a picture of some black people with some stuff. Saying this was stuff they looted. So why did white people find it but black people looted it ?“




Name: Ismaelite Saint Felix
Age: 18
Home: New Orleans, LA
Occupation: Student

“There was a point where other people from the Superdome, other people who were out there, who hadn't eaten in three days, that were just mad the buses weren't for them, they were trying to push the buses over or throw stuff at the buses.“




Name: Corey Robinson
Age: 28
Home: Gretna, LA
Occupation: N/A

“You know what, I don't even know what to say, 'cause I don't know George Bush personally, but from his actions its like, no, he don't give a shit.“




Name: Daniel D Matthews
Age: 26
Home: New Orleans, LA
Occupation: Front Desk Residence Inn

“Right now, that's hard to say, you know, I think they're tryin to make everybody believe they want to fix them."“




Name: Conard James
Age: 44
Home: New Orleans, LA
Occupation: Pump Station Supervisor

“When I drive around this city, it's just awesome man, how much this devestated New Orleans and life has been kinda tough to be honest.“




Name: Kerwin W Lewis
Age: 40
Home: New Orleans
Occupation: Hall Advisor

“Whoever it was that got us out of there at that time, I want to say thank you. That you were able to get us from the campus, being surrounded by chest high water. Everything around us was underwater.“




Name: Dr. Dennis Barnes
Age: 29
Home: Westbank
Occupation: Pharmacist

“There's a slogan that says 'only the strong shall survive.' And in a situation like Katrina, unless the small man is helped they're going to get tossed by the waist side.“




Name: Ashley Butler
Age: 20
Home: Harvey, LA
Occupation: ER Admit Clerk

“They definitely need to invest a whole lot of money in that levee system. Because once that gives out, you're basically destroying the city all over again.“




Name: Jennifer Landix
Age: 48
Home: New Orleans
Occupation: N/A

“Everybody who was effected should be reimburced in some kind of way. Because even my daughter, there were things that she bought with her own money. And i mean if it comes out to one or two hundred dolalrs, well hey reimburce these people“




Name: Courtney Jackson
Age: 19
Home: New Orleans
Occupation: Student

“The only thing i was thinking about was 'How am I going to get out of here.' Cause the water was rising so so fast... Me, my momma and my grandma we just started praying. We actually thought we was going to drown because thats how fast the water was coming in.“




Name: Rosemary Domino
Age: 75
Home: New Orleans
Occupation: Housewife

“I've never seen water so high in my life. Never so grey and dirty...This looked liked the whole Mississippi River all of a sudden broke loose.“




Name: Arnold Crump
Age:
Home: New Orleans
Occupation: N/A

“I've seen water. I've seen floods...That didn't bother me. What bothered me more than anything was walking into somebody's house after it had been sitting in the water for more than 2 weeks... That was probably the strangest, the most erie thing I've ever seen.“




Name: Deonta Williams
Age: 19
Home: Slidell, LA
Occupation: N/A

“When the storm came it was, you know, winds and everything, the normal stuff...next thing you know here comes all the water and it didn't stop.“




Name: Adonica Domino
Age: 47
Home: New Orleans
Occupation: Office Manager

“When that water rushed in the only thing you had a chance to do is go upstairs. You didnt have a chance to grab anything. From what I understand the hurricane was supposed to be coming between 8 and 12, but the water came much earlier than any of that so we didn't have any chance to save pictures or any other personal items.“




Name: Cassandra Kerr
Age: 21
Home: Metairie, LA
Occupation: Head Cashier

“Apartment people, they took advantage of people. Things skyrocketed from what people used to pay...$495 is what I was paying. They were talking about for an apartment that was smaller than mine, one bedroom, they were talking about $700 a month. I said 'FOR WHAT?!'“




Name: Francis Sanford
Age: 62
Home: New Orleans
Occupation: Housewife

“Personally, I wish New Orleans could be like it was. I've been here 61 years and I love it. I try to make Baton Rouge my home but thats not where I belong. When they said 70115, home I came.“




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The I-10 Witness continues to interview New Orleans residents about their storm related experiences. In conjunction with Xavier University's Department of Communications, we recently completed several rounds of interviews at St. Dominic's Church in Lakeview, Mary Queen of Vietnam Church in New Orleans East and the Uptown Shepard's Center. This week we will also continue to collect stories in Gert Town. Last month, we we're proud to collaborate with Mourning Line Productions and the 78th Street Theater in Manhattan, NY for our first public installation of these narratives. The show was seen by several New Yorkers who continue to visit our website. It is our hope that these types of events can keep this story alive in the hearts and minds of people throughout this country. As always, if you or anyone you know is interested in recording their story or helping to gather stories please contact us through the site as we would be happy to meet with you at your convenience.