One island, 2 worlds: the story of Haiti and the Dominican Republic

One island, 2 worlds: the story of Haiti and the Dominican Republic
Producer Johnny Harris of the Vox Borders – a series of explorations of how borders impact the lives of people who live near them. He traveled to Haiti and the Dominican Republic to have a better understanding of the difference between the two nations.

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.

Haitian Hills
The southern coast of Haiti, where my journey started.

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.

Haitian Woman Portrait
I interviewed this Haitian woman at a market shared by Haiti and the DR.

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.

Source: Vox- One island, 2 worlds: the story of Haiti and the Dominican Republic 



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