The Hero In Puerto Rico Letting Families Know Their Loved Ones Are OK After Hurricane Maria


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After Hurricane Maria, a man in Puerto Rico has been filming videos of people to let relatives in other parts of the island and overseas on other islands and posting them online to let their families know they’re safe in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

In the wake of Hurricane Maria, Angel Rios Boneta has posted over 50 videos on his Facebook page where residents simply state their name and that they’re OK and a little message to be shown to their loved ones.

Credit: Angel Rios Boneta / ABC News

Boneta, who actually lives in San Juan, set out to check on his own family in the first place after the storm, but said it was all started after one of his uncles asked for a cellphone video of his daughter, just so he could see that she was fine.

Credit: Angel Rios Boneta / ABC News

That simple innocent requested became a movement for Boneta in Puerto Rico, giving him the idea to make videos for other families along the way of his travel from San Juan to Utuada, and around the shelters and streets.

“I feel satisfaction that family members can see that they’re alive. There are many people who don’t know about their families since day one. For a full week they don’t know if they’re alive, and the videos help.” — Boneta told ABC News.

Credit: Angel Rios Boneta / ABC News

Boneta continued:

“I’m not planning to stop, I’ll keep doing this until things get back to normal, or until someone tells me I need to stop — and they better give me a valid reason for asking me not to keep doing this.”

His videos have received thousands of comments from people internationally showing their support and gratitude.


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