Wednesday, June 17, 2015

prayers, please, for the DR/Haiti situation

The situation going on in the Dominican Republic is not good, not good at all. Looks as though deportation of Dominicans of Haitian origin will begin tomorrow. Being born in the DR is no longer enough for a person to be a citizen. This ruling was originally made in 2013, with time being given for people who look Haitian, more or less, to prove they and their grandparents and so on are/were there legally; tomorrow that time expires. Those born after 1929 who can't prove their parents were there legally/were citizens will be deported. Never mind that it is and was a bit difficult sometimes to get paperwork in order... and back to 1929... really??? There are many people whose grandparents may not, in fact, have been there legally; who knows. That was a long time ago. These are people who have in many (most?) cases never been to Haiti and don't speak Creole.

The bloody origins of the Dominican Republic’s ethnic ‘cleansing’ of Haitians

Of course, none of this is new. And the history between the two halves of the island goes back centuries. What is now Haiti used to rule the entire island at one point. The US ran the whole island at one point early this century. Lots of things happened in between. 

Here's the Washington Post article that tells what's going on and the history of the past hundred years or so:
The bloody origins of the Dominican Republic’s ethnic ‘cleansing’ of Haitians

Some news outlets claim that everyone who is in the process of registering as a foreigner will escape deportation. Others claim that only 300 people have actually received their completed paperwork and that just being in process is not a protection. And then there are those who refuse to register as foreigners because they are Dominicans, period. A deadline being reached might not, in fact, mean mass deportations will happen tomorrow. Pretty sure it wouldn't up here. But buses being arranged and military personnel ready doesn't bode well.

Also, I saw a forwarded tweet with a picture of the front page of a paper, the headline reading something like "Haitian woman stabs boyfriend to death supposedly in self-defense." The journalist points out that headlines like these are often the precursor to anti-Haitian actions. No doubt... And think about it - a major newspaper's headline is a case of domestic violence leading to murder among people who would usually be ignored? Because that never happens (wish it didn't...)?

Here's a video I found called "Edwidge Danticat on Mass Deportation of Haitian Families." I don't know this media outlet, so I can't vouch for it, but Edwige Danticat is a well-known Haitian American author, not some random fringe figure.  

Please pray. And share. Whatever it is... I don't know what will happen, but it's not going to be good. May the Lord have mercy on all involved.

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