Jill Henderson can already see the Greek courtroom in her mind. She and her husband, Phil, have been there four times already. The dark, old wooden furniture in the un-air-conditioned chamber promises once again to not have the capacity to hold all of the interested parties. If they’re lucky, they will have a few family members present, as will each of the nine defendants charged with her son’s 2017 death.
These are not isolated instances of random bad luck. Deep, human-induced roots of climate change, inequality, and the underdevelopment of former colonies—all increase the Caribbean’s vulnerability to disaster. Haiti, where 8 out of 10 people live on less than $4 a day, offers an example of how capitalism, gender, and history converge to compound storm damage.