Crime and Punishment

In God’s Name

BY Kathleen Flynn

Through the night, as he slept on the floor, they forced him awake for more. The sun had not yet risen over the Christian military home when Samson Lehman collapsed for the sixth time. Still, he said, they made him run. The screaming, the endless exercise, it was all in the name of God, a necessary step at the Gateway Christian Military Academy on the path to righteousness.

Health and Wellness

The Long Road

BY Kathleen Flynn

New Bethany home for girls in Arcadia, La., operated from the 1970’s through 2001. State officials and law enforcement documented numerous confirmed reports of physical abuse of children who lived in the residential private christian home.

Environment

Isle de Jean Charles

BY Kathleen Flynn

“The land we used to walk on is now just a waterway for our boats.” Chief Naquin said the changes in their homestead were caused by oil companies digging the canals and subsequently the hurricanes wiping away the compromised land.

Community

Sadie James

BY Kathleen Flynn

Sadie James took care of people. Before Katrina, she was a health care aide for a woman in New Orleans. As the storm approached, Sadie left her rented house to stay with her mother, Irma, who was 74 and used a wheelchair.

Community

Rodney Lomax

BY Kathleen Flynn

he emotional trauma of Hurricane Katrina took its toll. But life in New Orleans comes with a host of additional challenges for kids like Rodney Lomax.