Listen to the JJ's story. Audio Producer: Sarah P. Reynolds

JJ Creppel lives in Buras, Louisiana. A shrimp fisherman whose livelihood was destroyed by Katrina, he lives in a trailer with his girlfriend. He doesn’t have enough food to eat so he kills chickens in his yard for food. He says he has been a hard worker his whole life but is about to give up. He is unable to catch what he used to and his health is deteriorating.

 

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