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“We need to eat,” says a Haitian who buys food in the Dominican Republic to cross it to Haiti

Dajabón.- The Haitian city of Juana Méndez is witnessing an increasing number of cases where authorities strip and destroy merchandise carried from the Dominican Republic through the Dajabón border crossing. Many Haitians “voluntarily” return to their country with food products, despite knowing that these goods may be confiscated.

One Haitian resident in Dajabón expressed their confusion over the persistence in bringing merchandise that is seized, stating that they do it even though they lose both the products and the money invested.

While not necessarily agreeing with the measures, another Haitian resident in Dajabón acknowledged that binational commercial exchange is prohibited in their country. They emphasized the need for both countries to coexist peacefully and harmoniously.

For several days, Haitian customs authorities in Juana Méndez have been confiscating and destroying various products, including tomatoes, chili peppers, pasta, tayota, and more. These items are often concealed within sacks and boxes as Haitian citizens “voluntarily” return to their country through the Dajabón border crossing, which is monitored by the General Directorate of Migration (DGM) on the Massacre River bridge.

Haitian authorities have implemented these measures to enforce the closure of trade with the Dominican Republic in response to the border closure initiated by the Dominican side due to the construction of a canal aimed at diverting water from the Massacre River.

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Alberto Gomez
October 20, 2023 3:38 pm

Soldaron su puerta hace unos meses, espero que los haitianos lo vuelvan a hacer, me asombra su estupidez. Los haitianos piensan que los dominicanos los necesitan, estoy seguro de que República Dominicana no necesita el mercado haitiano (ni a los propios haitianos) para sobrevivir ni su mano de obra barata.

October 20, 2023 4:33 pm
Reply to  Alberto Gomez

Sin ellos país no funciona …porque ninguno de nosotros va hacer qué ellos hace …

October 20, 2023 5:49 pm
Reply to  Fundador

Falso, EU tiene programa de visa laboral por temporada. Lo mismo puede hacer RD. También, tienen que modernizarse y mecanizar los procesos.

October 21, 2023 1:03 pm
Reply to  Frank

tu estas viviendo en nubes i no vives en país …cual es ?!

October 20, 2023 5:47 pm
Reply to  Alberto Gomez

Son US$1 billon en transacciones comerciales a beneficio de RD. Como que no los necesitamos? Eso es casi un 1% del PIB.

October 20, 2023 6:13 pm
Reply to  Alberto Gomez

La major parte de la construcion en la Republica es obra Haitiana…y esa es la realidad…es una basica funcion del capitalismo…

October 21, 2023 5:04 am
Reply to  Alberto Gomez

Alberto Gomez, tu arrogancia será tu perdición.. Amen

Alberto Gomez
October 21, 2023 11:45 am
Reply to  Italman

Los dominicanos se olvidaron que los haitianos llegaron en 1697 cuando los franceses se apoderaron del lado de la isla, y del lado español estuvieron desde 1492 más de 200 años sin los haitianos vivieron, fueron nuestros antepasados, eso es el pasado. Ahora, en la actualidad, República Dominicana puede importar mano de obra barata de otros países, no solo de Haití, hay tantos otros países con mano de obra barata que República Dominicana puede permitirse el lujo de pagarles en dólares o en cualquier otra moneda que elijan los inmigrantes.

Last edited 1 month ago by Alberto Gomez
Dave Lopes
October 20, 2023 11:48 pm

These Haitians are well aware that the border is closed to dominican goods. They should have disposed of these contrabands before returning home. Haitians in Haiti are fine with the border closure, it is dominican sellers that are complaning.

Jo josh
October 20, 2023 11:49 pm

Both countries should grow up and come back to their sense…

October 21, 2023 4:42 am
Reply to  Jo josh

Haiti should continue closing the border. Haiti will never grow if continues relying on Dominican Republic. To hell with the rich Dominicans and rich foreigners.

October 25, 2023 9:02 am
Reply to  James

The problem is not that Dominican Rep. is preventing, directly or indirectly, the growth of Haiti. The problem is that the political class, the elite and diaspora have failed their own. The diaspora does not invest in Haiti…once they leave they never come back and invest in their country. Specially the educated youth. The political class is more corrupt than in Dominican Rep. … and that is saying something!!! The elite (the rich) favors the “status quo”. They do not want any competition from the diaspora or anyone that could upset their status in the Haitian society. Finally, the Haitian poor…at the mercy of gangs…inefficient government..etc…will do what they have to do to survive and/or feed their children. The Dominican Rep. serves as a “escape goat” and a “pressure relief valve”, at the same time, for all these sectors of Haitian society. The closing of the border, from the Haitian, side is mostly symbolic. To some Haitians, this sounds like payback against Dominicans. However, it is mostly wishful because the end of illegal and informal trade will not bring DR to its knees. The economy of DR is very diversified.

Ramon Garcia
October 21, 2023 8:58 pm

They are not that bight.