Memoirs from Teenage Survivors of Katrina Images of death and suffering dominated the media coverage of Hurricane Katrina last year -- but pictures of looting also sparked national anger and debate. Slate senior editor Andy Bowers profiles a pair of teenagers in New Orleans who witnessed the looting first-hand.
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Memoirs from Teenage Survivors of Katrina

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Melvin Carter, 16, fled the Iberville Project near downtown for the relative safety of the Superdome: "So we were just sitting, and time was passing. It got late and I was asleep. Then I heard a loud sound. It was a gunshot." Andy Bowers hide caption

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Images of death and suffering dominated the media coverage of Hurricane Katrina last year -- but pictures of looting also sparked national anger and debate.

Slate senior editor Andy Bowers profiles a pair of teenagers in New Orleans who witnessed the looting first-hand, and shared their experiences in essays recalling those terrifying days after the levees broke.