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On the U.S. Virgin Islands, anger and resentment after Irma

Residents of the U.S. Virgin Islands have seemingly been left to fend for themselves in the days following Hurricane Irma’s destructive blitz — leaving many feeling uncared for and overlooked.

News coverage relating to Irma — which hit several Caribbean islands as a Category 5 hurricane before striking Florida as a slightly less alarming Category 3 storm — has focused almost entirely on the mainland United States. Irma’s impact has definitely weighed heavily on the mainland: millions of Floridians have been without power since the hurricane hit, and South Carolina is now grappling with severe flooding. But elsewhere, a humanitarian disaster has unfolded, one terrifying islanders, many of whom are infuriated by the lack of attention. …

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