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Santo Domingo.- Haitian immigrants living in the Dominican Republic, a large number illegal, are torn between skepticism and hope that their country's economic, social and political situation will improve after next Sunday's election.

Adding to Haiti's woes were the fatalities and economic devastation from Hurricane Matthew, which forced a fourth postponement the balloting slated for October 9.

More than six million Haitians are eligible to vote for one of 27 presidential candidates, more than a year after the results of a poll were annulled on alleged irregularities.

Around 700,000 Haitians call the Dominican Republic home, according to the 2010 Survey by the National Statistics Office (ONE), but many, especially those without documents, are afraid to talk to the press.

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Written by: Ricardolito, 17 Nov 2016 10:14 AM
From: Dominican Republic, Zona Colonial
Of course there will be no change just because of an election. The country has no capital to do anything and the world in general has turned their face away from Haiti. They have no natural resources and the country cannot survive on artisan work . it is a tragedy .
Written by: DomRat, 17 Nov 2016 11:41 AM
From: Dominican Republic
Haiti is similar to the Dominican Republic in geography and has plentiful mineral resources. The Haitians themselves are hard to deal with - years ago Alcoa had a large producing bauxite mine in Miragoune on the north coast of the southern peninsula. The government kept jacking up extraction rates until the company abandon the entire project - leaving trucks, loaders, conveyors everything - must have been some very hard feelings and long memories. Gold and better prospects for oil and gas than the Dominican portion of Hispaniola are among the Haitian goodies for grabbing. They are still fighting off the stigma of being the only slave country to throw off the yoke by force of arms.
Written by: guillermone, 12 Feb 2017 2:14 AM
From: United States, Bring Back DT Forum
The only thing Haiti gets credit is for being the first black slave republic in the western hemisphere. That is pretty much really the only true accomplishment Haiti has achieved in all its history. But sadly and unfortunately, it did not do them much good. Haiti's biggest blunder was precisely to kill off or chase away every single one of their whites natives who managed to survive after the uprising. And in doing that, Haiti basically shot itself in the foot and have been limping ever since. Why? Because common sense tells you, two wrongs don't make a right. Yes what the French did was brutal and atrocious, but slavery around the world was at the time a normal and accepted cultural practice. And it was good to demand change and stop this type of inhumanity, but they went about it the wrong way or took an incorrect approach. One of their many mistakes was to go from being victims to become victimizers, and for this reason everything they did post-uprising has backed fired.
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