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Poverty Prevails on Dominican-Haitian Border

Poverty Prevails on Dominican-Haitian Border

Santo Domingo, Oct 10 (Prensa Latina)

On the Dominican-Haitian border, there is great poverty and the lives of its inhabitants are in the midst of precariousness and shortages.

During a tour carried out by the press along with authorities of the Ministry of Defense through the border area of the provinces of Pedernales, Independencia and Elias Piña, visitors appreciated how the usual children’s joy contrasted with the shy and astonished look of their parents.

According to the information, these areas reflect the great geographical contrast between the Dominican Republic and Haiti, on the Dominican side there is vegetation and on the other side, a completely deserted panorama.

However, what stands out the most is the desolation and in the distance, in Haitian territory, the presence of small houses built with rustic materials with their latrines and kitchens on the outside where large families make their lives.

In the Elías Piña territory, Dominicans live on small conucos, while Haitians survive on informal commerce, selling artisan breads and fruits.

Haiti and the Dominican Republic share a border of almost 400km on the Hispaniola island and from time to time the frictions usually aggravated by the presence of undocumented Haitians in Dominican territory.

By: Prensa Latina | October 2017

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