Dominican Republic – The Haitians’ Status & Human Rights

Green Beads
Teenage girls are often forced into prostitution which is legal.

 

Photographer Theo Anderson is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this social documentary photography.  From his project ‘Orphans‘.  To see Theo’s body of work click on any image.

 

Oshkosh Young girl inside her home. Although a tin hut people try their best to decorate.

Oshkosh
Young girl inside her home. Although a tin hut people try their best to decorate.

 

Child Young girl suffering from a variety of illnesses.

Child
Young girl suffering from a variety of illnesses.

 

Girls Two girls of Haitian descent playing. They have no citizenship in any country.

Girls
Two girls of Haitian descent playing.

 

Human beings, of Haitian descent, living in or born in the Dominican Republic, are denied health care, education, a birth certificate and the most basic of human rights and dignity. Teenage girls are forced into prostitution. Children, when ill, receive their medicine from veterinarians, if at all.  Our fellow human beings are stateless, citizens of no country.

The photographs were made in Bateyes (sugar workers’s towns) in and around Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic.

 

 

Mother touching her young son This child is denied citizenship because he is of Haitian heritage even though he was born in the Dominican Republic.

Mother touching her young son
This child is denied citizenship because he is of Haitian heritage even though he was born in the Dominican Republic.

 

Orange door Two children inside their home. They face limited schooling.

Orange door
Two children inside their home. They face limited schooling.

 

Father Fathers spend limited time their children. They work in tourist hotels and basic jobs if they are fortunate to find employment.

Father
Fathers spend limited time with their children. They work in tourist hotels and basic jobs if they are fortunate to find employment.

 

Pink dress The young girl faces a future that included the possibility of being forced into prostitution as a teenager.

Pink dress
The young girl faces a future that included the possibility of being forced into prostitution as a teenager.

 

Two women Women often work menial jobs at tourist hotels.

Two women
Women often work menial jobs at tourist hotels.

 

86 Young boy inside his home in a Batey near Puerto Plata. Because he is of Haitian descent he must leave school after grade seven.

86
Young boy inside his home in a Batey near Puerto Plata. Because he is of Haitian descent he must leave school after grade seven.

 

Pants Mothers are protective of children. Their own and children of others.

Pants
Mothers are protective of children. Their own and children of others.

 

Blue cup Women as caregivers to their siblings, their children and children of others.

Blue cup
Women are caregivers to their siblings, their children and children of others.

 

Chickens The tin houses a typical of the homes of human beings of Haitian descent.

Chickens
The tin houses, a typical of the homes of human beings of Haitian descent.

 

See also:

ECO Charter School

 By Theo Anderson

 


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