World February 13, 2023 | 10:00 am

Repatriated Haitians tell the experience they lived in the Dominican Republic

Jean Renauld Pierre, 35, a Haitian, lived in Pétion-ville, an elevated area of Port-au-Prince. His older sister, who looked after him, was killed in the January 2010 earthquake that killed over 200,000 people. Days after the devastating earthquake, he moved to the border country in search of better living conditions and began working in the construction industry, but life for Haitian immigrants in the Dominican Republic is a “nightmare,” according to him. “Since then, I’ve been a forgotten man in the Dominican Republic,” this man tells EFE.

Pierre, like many of his fellow citizens in the neighboring country in irregular immigration status, was deported to Ouanaminthe, a Haitian border town located just over 500 meters from the Dominican city of Dajabón (northwest). The Dominican Republic’s living conditions for Haitians are deplorable. According to several witnesses at various points along the border between the two countries, Dominicans mistreat Haitian immigrants. “Haitians suffer greatly in the Dominican Republic, where we are treated like animals. Dominicans do not appreciate us. I’d like to return to the neighboring republic, but I’m afraid for my safety “Pierre stated.

“Haitians are mistreated by Dominicans. Women are not spared either, “He chastised employers in the Dominican Republic who rejoice when immigration officials repatriate Haitians, thereby stealing their wages.

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February 13, 2023 10:21 am

This is such a harsh reality and gut wrenching. But . . . the Dominican Republic owes Haiti nothing and it’s tragic that the state of affairs in Haiti is driving it’s citizens to eek out some form of livelihood elsewhere. Sad all around.

Ramon Garcia
February 18, 2023 1:51 pm
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They are probably back in DR settling in someone else private property. Haitian gang violence and instability is not going to be solve by Haitian invading our territory or by complaining about DR.

Juan Soto
February 13, 2023 11:18 am

This man says Haitians are mistreated in Dominican Rep so why do they keep coming to the DR if we are so bad? We have over 3 million undocumented Haitian using our school and medical system. In Haiti, you will get killed, robbed, kidnapped, or raped so you can leave we are not holding you back.

Ramon A Garcia
February 13, 2023 3:00 pm

EFE news agency and their effort to promote the Haitian take over of DR. Reason why they will never report how undocumented pregnant Haitian women are pushing out Dominican women from their own healthcare system. The Dominican Republic is not the solution to the Haitian problem. Specially when the US, the UN and the entire world refuse to assist those people in that country.

Ramon A Garcia
February 13, 2023 3:18 pm

Aparently he didn’t want to wake up from the nightmare of living in DR undocumented because he was forced out by immigration. EFE and the rest of the internation liberal media and their open borders and illeg@l immigration agendas. Smh. I just saw a video of hundreds of people crossing the border illegally and that’s going on all day every day. No country can allow that.

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February 13, 2023 5:30 pm

fix your country so you don’t have to be mistreated anywhere…if you are not capable of governing yourselves, lease your country to someone who can help you for next 100 years, learn something and then you’ll be fine…don’t dwell on others, and don’t look for hand out…look for way out…

Ernest L Jacques
February 13, 2023 8:55 pm

I am Haitian American living in Florida. I read the story. Apparently, the Haitians don’t want to leave DR despite the bad treatments. No one owes you nothing. If you’re not a citizen of that country, you have no rights. Go home build Haiti. Even I’m half Haitian too, if I go and help I will get kidnap or worse, murdered. The current state Haiti is in, no Haitian within or outside Haiti can fix it. We need another country that can step in to stabilize and lead the country. I’m tired of the media making it seems Haitians only option is fleeing the country. No, Haiti needs real leadership like El Salvador receiving now. Stop the BS news.

Dave Lopes
February 14, 2023 1:40 am

Until the Haitian masses understand that they need to rise against the political elite and the USA, take over the country and install a nationalist one party state, nothing will change.
DR needs to seal the border to ALL traffics of people and good. If not, the Gangs need to unite an turn the border into a death zone. That will force the Haitians into full revolution mode against the powers.

Ramon Garcia
February 18, 2023 1:52 pm

They are back in DR illegally as we speak.
February 23, 2023 5:33 am

Why do Racist Dominicans employ Haitiens illegals, and then Call immigrations to deport them when their works is done and keep their wages.