The Displaced: Which Way Is Home?

TIME journalists have tracked the highs and lows of five groups of survivors of Hurricane Katrina—some since the week after the storm. Here is their report



Before they knew the full extent of all they had lost to Katrina--their home, their family silver, their wedding and baby pictures--childhood sweethearts Carmelita, 43, and Nathaniel Williams, 49, their daughter Jennifer, 9, and Nathaniel's daughter from a previous relationship, Natrena Lewis, 24, briefly feared they had lost the most precious thing of all: one of their own. Five days after New Orleans' levees collapsed, flooding the city, Natrena, a home health aide who had stayed behind to help a patient get into a shelter, was stranded on the rooftop of a...

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