Divided island: How Haiti and the DR became two worlds

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  • Published on:  Tuesday, October 17, 2017
  • One island, two worlds.
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    Haiti and the Dominican Republic share a border, and an island. But the two countries are very different today: the Dominican Republic enjoys higher quality of life for many factors than Haiti. I went to this island and visited both countries, to try and understand when and how their paths diverged. And I began to learn how those differences are playing out in the present.

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    Video by Johnny Harris
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  • Vox
    Vox  a years ago +5366

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  • paul howard
    paul howard  2 hours ago


  • jazzybash1
    jazzybash1  3 hours ago

    Both are black nations and this is what we do to each other. Incroyable

  • Commenter Five
    Commenter Five  3 hours ago

    Background music, people yelling, other background sounds, and some of us have no idea of what you said. So many cater to the music addicted.
    But for the understandable parts, thank you for the insights.

  • Marcio_ Car_reira
    Marcio_ Car_reira  10 hours ago

    When Will They realize we’re all brothers and sisters? :(

  • Power Fighter
    Power Fighter  11 hours ago

    God is watching.

    MUHANGI FK  11 hours ago

    the french made lives for africans in their colonies miserable, i am sad but glad that the same impoverished africans are flooding and eroding europe.

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous  15 hours ago

    How dare them trying to inflict racism, DR needs to be Humbled i think!

  • Desiree Ned
    Desiree Ned  15 hours ago

    And still we rise!! Every conceivable plan employed to destroy us has only strengthened us, WE’RE STILL HERE !!

  • crismeiry Rosario
    crismeiry Rosario  17 hours ago

    I dont understand Dominicans who hate Haitians just because their black.... We Dominicans have a population with almost 50% black people.... Not to mention that we also have comun african ancestors.

    Now as a Dominican I think that this issue goes beyond racism... You can't help someone who doesn't help himself.

  • alanna quintana

    Idk why Dominicans act like they not black lol

  • 黄白人
    黄白人  yesterday

    Another European success story... 🙄

  • Buck Gmb
    Buck Gmb  yesterday

    Haitian is the true ppl of the Most High JAh , that’s why no one likes them and guess what ?the shell over come🙏🙏🙏

  • Bentley White
    Bentley White  yesterday

    Why not put the markets right on the border so that both countries have half and when you go in you can go anywhere in the market but you have to exit on the side that you came in through so that it is more fair.

  • Juanma Reyes
    Juanma Reyes  yesterday

    A country of black people ruled by black people, but they are poor because of racism...

  • Sam Andrews
    Sam Andrews  yesterday

    Sounds about white! I’m not surprised White people are involved! It wouldn’t be right if those people weren’t mentioned in killing people

  • Kakaroto K
    Kakaroto K  yesterday +1

    Haitians descendants are not Stateless. Haitian Constitution grants Haitian Citizenship anywhere they are born

  • Jovon Hunter
    Jovon Hunter  yesterday +1

    I was actually there in the DR in June 2015, but now, knowing what I know, i bet I won’t be going back.

  • Demon Cloud
    Demon Cloud  2 days ago

    Neo-Racism : Brown Black vs Dark Black

  • chiefdryno
    chiefdryno  2 days ago

    Since humans would never learn unless theres tragedy.. This racism would only end when a mighty hurricane like Dorian comes through the island and levels everything up. Now together they can start anew! 🍻