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Hurricane Maria's Impact on Puerto Rico: How a Corrupt Government and Debt-Ridden Island Created the Perfect Storm for Disaster

Angelica Katcher

The scenic island of Puerto Rico is beautiful from coast to coast. However, when one takes a deeper dive into her political climate, government, and the state of her people, it won't take very long to realize the potentially irreparable harm being done. From seemingly unpayable debt to a vicious cycle of corruption, and being hit by the most deadly hurricane since 2004, Puerto Rico’s socioeconomic standing in the world is quickly plummeting. In order to understand the current state of this nation and why they are suffering so violently, it's important to understand that these issues are nothing new, rather they’ve simply been magnified. 

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