Patients with kidney failure in Puerto Rico travel 10 hours by land and air to get dialysis treatment
Five dialysis patients on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques have died while waiting for a dialysis clinic to finally reopen after Hurricane Maria. The remaining dialysis patients in Vieques must travel 25 miles by land and water to receive treatment.
Update: Please find our new article on the recent developments on Vieques. First Major News Report from Vieques: The Washington
Standing in Vieques today you may still see bombs exploding as the result of detonation, or hear that local lands remain in federal hands or notice that the ferries from Vieques to mainland Puerto Rico are full of Viequenses seeking health services, many for complicated and serious illnesses.
I am writing you today to respectfully request that you uphold the promise you made during your presidential campaign in February 2008: to use all available resources to address the man-made health and environmental crisis that afflicts the people of Vieques, Puerto Rico.
The island of Vieques in Puerto Rico recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary of a struggle that ended 60 years of U.S. Navy test bombing there. Yet the legacy of Navy devastation is sobering, and Viequenses remain dispossessed of their lands.