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Jorge Ferrer, S.J., is director of the Bioethics Institute at the Medical Sciences Campus of the University of Puerto Rico in San Juan.


In this Nov. 15 photo, Pedro Deschamps helps workers hired by FEMA to carry out the installation of a temporary awning roof at his house, which suffered damage during Hurricane Maria, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Jorge Ferrer
Hurricane Maria removed the delusions of prosperity and first-world status that blinded so many to the realities of Puerto Rico, including the fragility of its infrastructure, its high levels of social inequality and its status as a U.S. colony.