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Two Haitians, Including A Pregnant Woman, Die From Poor Treatment in Mexican Detention Center

According to the Human Rights Center, Haitian migrants are suffering with “limb paralysis, intestinal bleeding, epidemic problems, vomiting and dehydration, anxiety, stress, depression and thoughts of suicide” at XXI Century Migratory Station detention center in Tapachula, Mexico.

In this June 1, 2019 photo, migrants mill around in the courtyards of the Siglo XXI migrant detention center in Tapachula, Chiapas state, Mexico. Located near the border with Guatemala, it’s a secretive place off-limits to public scrutiny where cellphones are confiscated and journalists aren’t allowed inside. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

By Jonathan Greig

Human rights organizations based in Tapachula, Mexico said two Haitian refugees, including a pregnant woman, died tragically in migrant detention centers last month due to poor treatment.

“We have many cases of health issues and torture or sexual harrasment in detention centers here in Tapachula,” said Enrique Vidal, a coordinator for the Human Rights Center Fray Matias de Cordova. 

“But its not usual that we have two cases of people dying in detention centers.”

Vidal told The Haitian Times in an interview that in the case of the pregnant woman, Mexican authorities intentionally released her from custody when her conditioned worsened knowing she would die on her own. 

“Her pregnancy was in danger because of the conditions of the detention center and the Mexican Government decided to put her out on the street before she could die in the center,” he said.

“They only wanted to avoid direct responsibility for her death.”


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Jonathan Greig

Jonathan Greig

Jonathan Greig is a journalist based in New York City working as a contributing writer for CBS Interactive. He recently returned to the United States after reporting from South Africa, Jordan, and Cambodia since 2013.
Jonathan Greig
Sep. 26, 2019