Ethnic Cleansing in the Caribbean

For more than a century, the government of the Dominican Republic has promoted a policy of state-sponsored racial discrimination against citizens of Haitian descent. Now it is trying to strip them of their nationality.

SANTO DOMINGO – I am a native-born citizen of the Dominican Republic. I grew up, went to school, started a family, and raised my children on Dominican soil. This is the only place I have ever called home. Yet, after more than 45 years in this country, my nationality –along with that of thousands of other Dominicans – is being called into question.