World September 14, 2023 | 11:57 am

Haitians return to their country voluntarily before the possible total closure of the border

Dajabon.- Since the early hours of Thursday, numerous Haitian citizens have been crossing the Dominican-Haitian border gates in Dajabón to voluntarily return to Haiti amidst the looming possibility of the total closure of the border by the Dominican government.

These Haitian individuals have been carrying bags, suitcases, and children in their arms, choosing to return to Haiti for security reasons between 9:00 in the morning and 4:00 in the afternoon.

One of the departing citizens expressed support for the construction of the canal in the Massacre River, stating that “All Haitians agree with that because if we have food and we have things, like what they have here, we do not come to bother here (Dominican Republic).” He also pointed out the presence of wealthy Haitians who own multiple houses in the Dominican Republic, suggesting that the Dominican government has agreements with such individuals. He emphasized that poor Haitians do not come to cause harm and urged for understanding of the dire situation in Haiti, appealing for assistance.

As the deadline set by Dominican authorities for the cessation of canal construction has expired, activities around the binational market are unfolding with an uneasy calm.

On Tuesday, September 12, President Luis Abinader reiterated that if the Haitians constructing a canal in the Dajabón or Massacre River do not halt their work, which is considered illegal, the border with Haiti will be completely closed.

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September 14, 2023 12:30 pm

The whole situation is childish and immature in the extreme . There is no Dominican alive who can recall anything about the war between the two countries yet Dominican youngsters are taught by parents and grandparents to hate Haitians . Both races are more or less of the same heritage ,Dominicans mainly from the West coast of Africa mixed with Spanish blood and the Haitians mainly from former French colonies in Africa mixed ,in smaller doses with French blood.If they only were more intelligent they would live and love and work together and prosper in peace. The French and Germans can do it ,even after two brutal wars last century but the Dominicans and the Haitians can not although the Haitian Army left the DR in 1844-45. It is about time the leaders of both countries grew up.

September 14, 2023 7:06 pm
Reply to  Richard

If only the solution was as easy as your naive fantasy.

September 16, 2023 1:54 am
Reply to  Richard

It ain’t quite that simple, bud. Try again.