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Dorian survivor finds hope through face painting

Dorian survivor finds hope through face painting


At Category five Hurricane Dorian was the strongest
reported storm to hit the Bahamas Lateisha Cooper: It was literally like a fight for survival from
start to finish to even trying to get out of the island after the storm had
passed so it was just it was just an unfortunate series of events Compass: That’s Bahamian Lateisha Cooper, she has
been living in Cayman for the last two years but a routine trip back home put her and her family in the path of Hurricane Dorian LC: And when we
realized that it was a category five we knew we had to buckle up and just ride
that one out and just hope that hope for the best because we’ve never seen a
category five I’ve never seen a category five in my entire life so I mean I
couldn’t even dream of what we were about to get into Compass: Ms. Copper was in Abaco at the time she said she
could not comprehend the devastation she saw when she and her family drove into
downtown Marsh Harbor after the storm had passed LC: We were met with scores of
looters people just getting things out of the stores everything from food to
toiletries to guns and they were just walking through the waters with
everything, everything you could think of and that’s when we realized this storm
is really really really way worse than what we had thought Compass: Ms. Cooper said she has been dealing with depression in the
wake of Hurricane Dorian’s destruction but she has been using art to help
herself deal with that pain in fact she has been painting her face. LC: I just took
that paintbrush and I just started painting myself and in doing so it just
helped me to they take my mind off of all of the things that I left. Compass: When she first painted
her face and went to the store the people smiled with her and that made her
feel better. LC: my whole outfit kind of just showed hey I’m alive I’m here
I’m taking every moment and there’s a reason I have to be here I don’t know
what it is yet I’ll find out but I’m here. Compass: Ms. Copper said that she opted to paint
the Batgirl symbol on her face because she wants to channel and draw strength
from her inner superhero. Reshma Ragoonath for Cayman Compass

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