Editor’s note: Here are a few of the latest photos from World Vision communicator Laura Reinhardt, in the American Southeast following the deadly tornadoes on April 27 that left survivors across the region without homes.
Six-year-old Isaiah Walker jumps from board to board. He can still be a child despite the trauma of the tornado, which destroyed his home. ©2011 Laura Reinhardt/World Vision
Isaiah's mother, Veronica May, worries about the emotional effects of the tornado on all three of her children. "This is something that may be embedded in their heads for a long time, if not the rest of their lives." ©2011 Laura Reinhardt/World Vision
Veronica, 25, and Isaiah sit amid the ruins of their community in the Rosedale Court neighborhood of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. After the tornado passed and she saw the ruins of the home, she was thankful that none of them were there. "We've got nothing," she says. "After the storm, there is a sun. The sun signifies smiles and happiness. I'm just waiting on the next." ©2011 Laura Reinhardt/World Vision
A flag flies over the rubble left by the tornado, which wiped out whole neighborhoods in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. ©2011 Laura Reinhardt/World Vision
Bonfilia, 26, holds her daughter, Maria, 2, as she surveys the ruins of her family's home. "I can still see the image of my house being there. I cannot believe what happened to us," says Bonfilia. "We just had painted my little girl's room." Bonfilia's father bought this house when she was 16 when they moved from Washington state, where she was born. She's lived here for the past 10 years. "It was everything to me," she says. ©2011 Laura Reinhardt/World Vision
The force of the storms leveled many houses and severely damaged others. People's personal belongings now lay scattered in the areas that used to be their homes. ©2011 Laura Reinhardt/World Vision
Dee Gaitor's house was without power, so she stopped by World Vision's disaster response distribution to pick up torches, extra batteries, and personal hygiene supplies. Her 2-year-old daughter, Savannah, took a liking to the torch. Dee says of her neighborhood just on the outskirts of Tuscaloosa: "The neighborhood is no more. Just gone. Just crumbled. Just empty spaces. Like a dead zone. Like a war zone. Like a bomb has been dropped and now it's nothing." ©2011 Laura Reinhardt/World Vision
World Vision’s response to the recent tornado damage continues to focus on Alabama’s hardest-hit areas where survivors have the fewest resources to recover. We also are responding to tornado-impacted areas of southwest Virginia, North Carolina, and Mississippi.
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