Three Haitians whose lives were turned upside down because of the closed Haitian-Dominican Republic border: from left, clockwise: Garlyn Casimir, Yrena Rousseau and Pierre Jules André. Graphic by Rejy Joseph Roc for The Haitian Times

The Dominican Republic plans to reopen the border for trade but will continue to restrict Haitians from crossing as of 8:00 a.m. Oct. 11 in four border provinces. 

“We will indefinitely maintain the closure of the border to immigration to prevent the transit of people from Haitian territory,” the Dominican government said. According to an AP News report, the Dominican Republic said it will also keep the hold on issuing visas to Haitian citizens indefinitely.


The Dominican border closure has affected Haitians in all types of ways. Here are a few.

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J.O. Haselhoef is the author of “Give & Take: Doing Our Damnedest NOT to be Another Charity in Haiti.” She co-founded "Yonn Ede Lot" (One Helping Another), a nonprofit that partnered with volunteer groups in La Montagne ("Lamontay"), Haiti from 2007-2013. She is a 2022 Fellow for the Columbia School of Journalism's Age Boom Academy. She writes and lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.