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Old September 2nd, 2005, 06:26 AM
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Default British students trapped in the Superdrome .....

In our press over here today - not sure how true it is but may give an insight to what has been happening and the terrible civil unrest out there.....


"Britons tell of hurricane horror
02/09/05
British students caught up in the horror of Hurricane Katrina have spoken of their four days of "hell" at the New Orleans Superdome shelter.

They described how their place of refuge descended into a scene of terror as people ran amok with knives and guns, used crack cocaine and hurled racial abuse.

At one point, up to 30 British students huddled among the thousands in the squalor were forced to set up a makeshift security cordon to fend off abusive locals.

Jamie Trout, 22, an economics student from Sunderland, told the Daily Mirror he kept a record of his terrifying ordeal in the Superdome.

He wrote: "It was like something out of Lord of the Flies - one minute everything is calm and civil, the next it descends into chaos."

In one diary entry, he said: "A man has been arrested for raping a seven-year-old in the toilet, this place is hell. I feel sick. The smell is horrendous, there are toilets overflowing and people everywhere."

Jamie, who had been coaching football to disabled children as part of the Camp America scheme, said people were shouting racial abuse at the Britons because they were white.

Zoe Smith, 21, from Hull, told how students set up a security cordon when the power briefly went down in the Superdome amid fears they were going to be attacked.

"All us girls sat in the middle while the boys sat on the outside, with chairs as protection," she told the newspaper.

Marisa Haigh, 23, from Guildford, and Claire Watkins, 23, from Bradford, were in the Superdome when Hurricane Katrina wreaked havoc.

Marisa said: "There was a series of almighty bangs when the roof went off and a panel flew off.

"There was a woman screaming, 'We're gonna die, we're all gonna die'."

On Thursday, many of the students were moved to a nearby basketball arena.

The Foreign Office said they would be met by consular staff in Houston who would help with their onward travel."
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