Is Dominican Republic safe right now?
Dominican Republic is an amazing country and it is full of many kind and gentle people. Primarily there are two cultures that live there: Dominicans and Haitians. It is estimated that there are over 500,000 Haitians that live in Dominican Republic and of those, many are stateless, without proper identification papers or birth registry. They are not running from the law in Haiti and they are not dangerous criminals; they are there to try to make a living for their family. Although Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, Haitian people are hard working, honest, and considerate. As neighbours on such a small island, Dominican has had many Haitians immigrate and migrate back and forth across the border. Simply put, it is a way of life for many of them, as poverty and hardship has driven them to continually be seeking employment and provision for themselves and their family.Since the earthquake in January, there has been a slight increase in the number of Haitians living in the Sosua area. One of our staff members is currently living in Sosua and they have reported that although there may be a few more Haitians who have been forced to move here to find work and be re-united with their families, there have been no reported incidents of violence or problems of any kind in the area. Life is still going on the same as usual for many of them: they search for work, they hope to put their children in school and they live their lives quietly. And because of this, LiveDifferent is honored to work alongside of them.