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‘WE ARE DYING’: Puerto Rico mayor says the island is ‘inching close to a genocide’

Carmen Yulín Cruz of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

by way of Twitter/NBCNews

Mayor Carmen Cruz of San Juan, Puerto Rico delivered an emotional
message on Friday, amid the logistical difficulties and
bureaucratic purple tape that has bogged down the
hurricane-relief effort on the island/

“We are dying here,” Cruz mentioned in a press convention. “And I
can’t fathom the concept that the biggest country in the global
can’t work out logistics for a small island of 100 miles via 35
miles lengthy.”

“So I’m asking the president of the United States to make certain
someone is in price that is up to the job of saving lives,”
Cruz endured. “If anyone is in the market is listening to us, we
are demise. And you’re killing us with the inefficiency and the

Hurricane Maria left lots of the island’s three.four million
US electorate with out fundamental utilities and assets.

Some of the outrage over the apparently bungled aid effort used to be
directed at President Donald Trump. His management on
Thursday lifted
an difficult to understand delivery legislation that were on the books since
1920 so as to briefly get extra provides to the island.

Cruz indicated she used to be dropping endurance with the US govt:
“We will make it with or without you,” Cruz mentioned, as she pointed
to a pallet of provides in the back of her. “Because what stands in the back of
me is all due to the generosity of folks.”

“People are consuming off a creek. So I’m accomplished being well mannered. I’m
accomplished being politically right kind. I’m mad as hell,” Cruz
endured. “So I’m asking the contributors of the press, to ship a
mayday name in every single place the global. We are demise right here.”

“And if it does not forestall, and if we do not get the meals and the
water into other people’s arms, what we’re going to see is one thing
close to a genocide.”

Watch Cruz’s feedback beneath:

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