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Horror At The Superdome

excerpts from a report from the Center for American Progress

Those escaping the city by foot headed to the Superdome. They were told, "Go over there. Don't worry. You're going to get food and water and transportation out of town".

Instead, the refugees found a disorganized scene that quickly devolved into chaos, as reported by MSNBC:

A 2-year-old girl slept in a pool of urine. Crack vials littered a restroom. Blood stained the walls next to smashed vending machines.

"We pee on the floor. We are like animals," said Taffany Smith, 25, as she cradled her 3-week-old son, Terry. In her right hand she carried a half-full bottle of formula provided by rescuers.

Baby supplies are running low; one mother said she was given two diapers and told to scrape them off when they got dirty and use them again.

At least two people, including a child, have been raped.

At least three people have died, including one man who jumped 50 feet to his death, saying he had nothing left to live for. There is no sanitation. The stench is overwhelming.

At one point, a despondent crowd gathered outside the stadium and simply began to chant "We want help! We want help!"

Later, a woman stood on the front steps of the New Orleans convention center and led the crowd in reciting the 23rd Psalm, "The Lord is my shepherd..."

You have been reading excerpts from "Values: The Forsaken" from the Center for American Progress. You can read the entire piece here: tinyurl.com/axv9g. Thanks to americanprogressaction.org.

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