Haitians continue to cross border
Manzanillo, Dominican Republic. – Undocumented Haitians continue crossing into the Dominican Republic looking for work, a better life and with hopes of obtaining legal residence.
Oblivious to the heated debate in Santo Domingo over their “peaceful invasion,” they come mostly by land from Ouanaminthe to Cañongo, and from Cap Haitien to Montecristi, where Dominican military Border Security Corps (CESFRONT) are often involved in human trafficking of Haitians, and in the smuggling of drugs and guns.
The Haitians pay the military as little as RD$200 (less than 6 dollars) to cross into Dominican territory.
“We would rather die on this side, than be suffering hunger and slavery from a government such as that of president Michel Martelly,” said a Haitian.
From the border the undocumented Haitians set out to various cities and farming regions, mainly Santiago, Puerto Plata, Constanza, Bonao, San Francisco, Cotuí and Moca, to work in plantations of coffee, cacao, rice and vegetables, among others.
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