Human rights activist worldwide are uniting to denounce the Dominican Republic’s latest decision to begin deporting people of Haitian descent. Among them are famous Haitian author Edwidge Danticat and famous Dominican author Junot Diaz. At a recent event, the two spoke out about the racism that underlies this decision and the precarious situation of people living in fear of deportation.
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Authors Junot Díaz, Edwidge Danticat decry Dominican efforts to remove Haitians
Jeffrey Pierre, Miami Herald
June 24, 2015
Junot Díaz, the Pulitizer Prize-winning author, just returned from his native Dominican Republic this week.
“There’s a state of terror,’’ in Santo Domingo, the Dominican capital, referring to the country’s humanitarian crisis, with the Dominican government threatening to deport hundreds of thousands of people — Dominicans of Haitian descent and undocumented immigrants from Haiti.
Díaz spoke Wednesday night at a panel discussion in Miami protesting the Dominican government’s actions, which called for a deadline last Wednesday for thousands of Dominicans of Haitian descent to register to stay in the country.
Among those speaking out against the country’s actions at Wednesday’s panel: Haitian-American author Edwidge Danticat.
“If you’re not concerned you should be,” said Danticat, who has won numerous awards for her novels and memoir, Brother, I’m Dying. “Especially when we live in a town were most of us came from somewhere else.”
“A lot of people are in hiding and are afraid to go out since the deadline passed,” Danticat said.
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