TRAVEL BY DOMINICAN ROADS DANGEROUS FOR HAITIAN VISITORS
(Defend Haiti) -
PORT-AU-PRINCE – Despite repeated attacks perpetrated by organized bandits almost daily, hundreds of Haitians take the roads into DR, often risking their lives, as DR authorities struggle to find appropriate solutions.
After the murder of a Haitian merchant last week by Dominicans in military uniform, the Minister of Haitians Living Abroad (MHAVE), Daniel Supplice, and his family's lives were threatened in a country where tourism is the primary source of revenue.
They were stopped, aimed at with firearms and stripped of property and money, on the Duarte highway leading to Santiago de los Caballeros, by men dressed as officers of the law.
"If these men are not really soldiers or police, why is there not a real presence of law enforcement personnel on the road where many crimes are committed on a regular basis?" many ask.
Because of the impracticality of Haitian roads and a precarious level of tourist attractions, but also by snobbery, Haitians take sometimes take the road to the East to go spend their money on the weekends...