Haiti-DR border, Ouanaminthe, Dajabon, Dominican Republic Haiti relations
People crossing from Ouanaminthe, Haiti to Dajabòn, Dominican Republic in December 2022. Photo by Onz Chéry from The Haitian Times

Dominican President Luis Abinader said he will permanently close the Dajabon crossing of the Haiti-Dominican Republic border if Haitians do not stop building a canal along the Massacre River that Haitians say they need to survive. Some Haitians and Haitian organizations, however, support building the canal, saying that Haitians need the water to irrigate their crops and consume in daily living. 

“It’s a pressure tactic,” Erinel Mena, a Haitian construction worker based in Santo Domingo, said of the closure announcement. “They just want to see what Haitians will do. 


Dominican President Luis Abinader says he will permanently close the border crossing at Dajabon Sept. 14 and prohibited Haitians from getting Dominican visas.

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Onz Chery is a Haiti correspondent for The Haitian Times. Chery started his journalism career as a City College of New York student with The Campus. He later wrote for First Touch, local soccer leagues in New York and Elite Sports New York before joining The Haitian Times in 2019.