In 2006, The New York Times Magazine sent photographer Brenda Ann Kenneally to New Orleans to document how Katrina and its ensuing chaos had affected the city’s children a year after the initial devastation. Kenneally’s stark images, seen in this multimedia feature, captured four families whose lives had been dramatically upended by the storm and the preexisting poverty that Katrina both exacerbated and exposed with brutal swiftness.
To mark the fifth anniversary of the hurricane, Kenneally recently went back to New Orleans and reconnected with two of the original families she photographed for her 2006 essay. The footage from her trip, seen in this moving video, shows how many families in the region are still struggling to recover their bearings in the wake of the perfect storm wrought by Katrina, the economic downturn and the BP oil spill. Their stories serve as a sober reminder of the unfinished work that remains to be done.