Thursday, September 08, 2005

Family reunited

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).


Bryon Houlgrave said...

Great moment. Stay safe on your return to New Orleans, and keep up the outstanding work telling the story of Katrina's impact on the Gulf and spreading the message that help is needed. I've actually learned a lot more about the devestation by reading your entries than what I've learned by watching the news networks. I know there's a lot of sites dedicated to the relief efforts and the 'cane itself, but you've done an excellent job giving us all perspective. Again, good job and stay safe.

Mark M. Hancock said...

Originally posted on September 14.