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The reports of New Orleans resembling a third world country in the wake of Hurricane Katrina sent shockwaves through the “wealthiest” nation in the world. Tales of people being murdered due to racial tensions, patients given lethal injection while staying in hospitals, and all around dastardly treatment flooded news outlets alerting the world of the tragedies that unfolded after the most deadly storm in American history.

Now, nearly four years later, conditions in New Orleans have taken a clear turn for the worse. A new report from the American Human Development Project examined life in Louisiana after Katrina. As detailed via, ‘A Portrait of Louisiana’, the average life span for Black Americans in the “Big Easy” is 69.3 years, almost as low as the average life expectancy of North Korea.

The average life span for Blacks living in the state of Louisiana is 72.2 years, well below that of the average Vietnamese, Colombian, and Venezuelan denizen. The timely study also suggested that Black residents of Tangipahoa Parish displayed well-beings levels of the average American living in the early 1950’s.