Photographer's Note

My Oh Maya Part 14

I had already moved on from Chiapas with yesterday's post from the Yucatán. But today I'm returning to San Cristóbal because I want to remind everyone of the terrible floods and landslides in Chiapas and Tabasco.

One million people are homeless in Tabasco. Villahermosa is under water, as is about 80% of the entire state. The event is being compared to Hurricane Katrina's devastation of New Orleans.
In Chiapas, some are describing a "mini-tsunami" from the Grijalva river. The wave wiped out the hamlet of San Juan Grijalva.

May this portrait of this young girl -- another one of the many kids who go to the city to sell pulseras to tourists -- be a reminder of the ordeal that her people are experiencing right now.

Here are a few organizations that are sending relief to the area -- in case you are moved to help out.

Red Cross: Call 800-HELP-NOWor 800-257-7575 (Spanish).

Catholic Relief Services:877-HELP-CRS or


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