How long does a body have to sit in the sun?
This man is three blocks from the house where I’m staying. Algiers is a poor area and it’s not getting the help that it needs.
Do you see this body?
This body has been sitting here for over a week. This place isn’t like Iraq. People need to stop saying that New Orleans is like the middle east. In Iraq the body would be cleaned up within hours and the tea boy would have settled me. This man has no shoes on, you can see his socks. He’s dead. He’s rotting in the hot sun.
This is in an American city.He’s already been discovered by DMORT. They marked the trash can and sprayed a big X over his body as if it wasn’t obvious by the smell alone and then they left him.
I want you to let that sink in for a moment.
A man in an non-flooded area of the city is dead. He’s laying on the ground for over a week with no shoes on. Was he killed for his shoes? Was someone really so in need that they took shoes off of a dead man? Was he running and somehow lost his shoes? Why do I care about his shoes anyway?
Why isn’t this man cleaned up? Why isn’t this man given the proper respect of at least a body bag? Why do other areas of the city have no bodies? Why haven’t the houses here been searched? How many bodies are in this area?
Today while walking down the road I found a dog in a bag. A dead dog inside of a plastic bag. It was leaking out into the street and was covered in flies because it had started toliquefy.
This is a health nightmare and it’s a perfect example of classism. This area isn’t worth while to the authorities to spend time cleaning up. When a policeman saw me taking these photos he started talking with Joel. When I came back to the area where the policeman was Joel was talking about taking photos of the body in hopes that someone would be motivated to come remove it. People have been calling and telling the police for over a week!
The police officer was nice. He didn’t bother us about the photos. Then something changed, I didn’t think he was so nice after all. I realized why he didn’t care about the photos. It took me a moment but then he laughed about someone coming to pick it up when we asked. That’s why he didn’t care about the photos, these aren’t his people. These are the people from Algiers and the authorities don’t care.
How can anyone say they have respect for this community when there’s a body laying in plain view?
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