Yves Mabial, a call center agent in the Dominican Republic, has even more reasons now to bring his wife and 2-year-old son to Santo Domingo. Last month, the mom and son had to flee their home after gang attacks in Carrefour-Feuilles, a Port-au-Prince neighborhood, that left thousands displaced and seeking refuge outside the violent capital.
But after Dominican President Luis Abinader announced his country stopped issuing visas to Haitians in and outside of the Dominican Republic on Sept. 11, Mabial’s goal of bringing his family to Santo Domingo appears unattainable. So does the ability for Mabial himself, who has been living in hiding, to obtain a visa.
The Dominican Republic said it would stop issuing visas to Haitians, dashing the hopes of one man who wanted to reunite with his young family.
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