Hurricane Maria didn’t spare anyone on the island of Dominica--even prime minister Roosevelt Skerrit lost his roof during the storm. Weeks later, the entire island remained in a fragile state. Here, one family describes their day-to-day life since the hurricane.
Andel Challenger, 46, clears trees and electricity lines blocking the road near his family’s home. Since a category 5 hurricane hit the island on September 18, they have struggled to find water and food. "There are no emergency services here," he says.
The father of the Challenger family, Hutson, a pastor at an evangelical church, designed the family’s house in the 80s to resist hurricanes. One of the only concrete structures in the Kalinago indigenous area, it’s also one of the only homes there that survived the powerful storm. The house became a refuge for his mother-in-law, two children, daughter-in-law and four grandchildren, who all lost their homes due to the hurricane. Across the island, 85% of homes were damaged.