Scramble at the border as DR tightens security amid surging Haiti turmoil

March 16, 2024

Hundreds of Haitian women lined the road at the border with Dominican Republic, each one with a brightly coloured headscarf and a bulky package balanced on her head. Younger men on motorized rickshaws revved impatiently, eager to deliver their loads and rush back for more before the border closed. View image in fullscreen A Dominican border guard in Dabajón. Tensions rose as long queues formed on both sides of the border bridge and loud, animated arguments threatened to spill into violence. Dajabón’s mayor Santiago Riverón argued that the stringent border security was necessary because escaped prisoners from the wrecked Haitian jails might attempt to enter the Dominican Republic.