Over the past six months, I’ve taken thousands of photos, released 13 dispatches from the road, visited eight countries, and shot countless hours of footage — all for six documentaries about life at the edge of nations.
This is the first one.
The island of Hispaniola is home to two very different countries: Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Infant mortality rates in Haiti are 2.5 times higher, and Haitians are almost 10 times poorer per capita than Dominicans.
I visited the island to investigate how these differences play out in the lives of its residents. As I traveled through Haiti and the Dominican Republic, I saw the stark disparities that are deeply rooted in history, all the way back to their colonial origins. The stage was set hundreds of years ago, but the story continues today.