Keisha Mitchell (right) is reunited with her son Malik Mitchell, 3, (left) at the Motel 6 in Orange on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2005. Keisha Mitchell was separated from her children in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. From there, she was evacuated to Lake Charles, then Atlanta and finally to Orange, Texas. Her children were with their grandmother and eventually got to Orange for the reunion.
Photos by Mark M. Hancock / © The Beaumont Enterprise
Malik Mitchell, 3, (center) is reunited with his grandmother Angela Netter (right) while his aunt Paula Williams visits with other family members at the Motel 6 in Orange on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2005.
Until Hurricane Katrina, some members of this family had never left the city of New Orleans for even a day. Some individual family members found themselves in five different states in less than two weeks.
They invited me to document the reunion of a mother and her sons. Most of the 20+ extended family members have gathered at a motel in Orange, Texas. However, some are still missing and others are considered dead (their last calls were despirate and dire).