I spent half of August in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, and I reported from the camps of displaced people near Anse-à-Pitres, Haiti. In the hot, dusty camps I was struck by how many people told stories of harassment and abuse from Dominican civilians. My reporting turned into an article that the American Prospect published last month.
Following this story for the past few months, I’m actually pleased with the coverage the story of the displaced people has received. There’s been a lot of thorough reporting. I hope that my article contributes to this body of work by pointing out the extent to which this crisis has its roots in the long history of racism in Haitian-Dominican relations. There’s been good reporting on the extent to which Dominican institutions are to blame for the current situation, and I think it’s important to supplement this with a look at the extent to which widespread antihaitianismo in the DR is also to blame.
Here are some photos The Prospect wasn’t able to publish:
Orel Guerrer fled the Dominican Republic on June 7th. He was one of the first people in this camp.
Parc Cadeau, near Anse-à-Pitres, Haiti.
Maslyne Barthélemy (in yellow) with her family. Barthélemy said Dominican civilians threatened her when she lived in the Dominican Republic.