Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Documentary on the Deportations in the DR

A new 11 minute-long documentary called Needed But Unwanted: Haitians in the Dominican Republic came out on February 10th. It was directed by Susan Farkas and is focused on the recent deportations resulting from the Dominican government’s decision to take citizenship away from certain Dominicans of Haitian descent. The short documentary exposes the discrimination faced by people of Haitian descent in DR, their daily fear of deportation and the precariousness of the camps of refugees at the border.

Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text.

FILM – Needed but Unwanted: Haitians in the Dominican Republic

Susan Farkas, IRIN News

February 10, 2016

SANTO DOMINGO, 10 February 2016 (IRIN) – Hundreds of thousands of people of Haitian descent living in the Dominican Republic are at risk of arbitrary deportation or of becoming stateless. Even though many were born in the Dominican Republican or have lived there for decades, tens of thousands have either been forcibly deported or have fled the crackdown and legal uncertainty.

In this film, Producer/Director Susan Farkas tells the stories of people like Wendy Batista, a 17-year-old of Haitian descent who can’t comprehend why, since he was born in the Dominican Republic and has lived there all his life, the government won’t give him papers and allow him to become a citizen. Evelin Perez Matos describes how her Haitian-born husband was abruptly deported last summer, leaving her to raise six children alone. “I don’t know if he’ll return,” she says. “I know nothing.” Others, like Edowane Pierre-Paul, fled to Haiti when the Dominican Republic began clamping down on those without formal status last June and now raise their families in tents in squalid border camps. Experts say the Dominican Republic’s policy amounts to a gross human rights violation, while the government says it has every right to control who is allowed to live in the country.

Click HERE for the original article

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