WORLDS WITHOUT MEN
by Maura Hanrahan
On a fiery day on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic, I met five Haitian men. They were all natives of Cap-Haïtien, Haiti’s jewel city, but they don’t get to spend much time in their hometown. The Haitian economy has virtually collapsed and they were forced to leave. They headed east to the Dominican Republic in search of work. In the Dominican Republic, Haitian men dig ditches, do odd jobs around the Puerto Plata resorts, make and sell chaotically colourful paintings. But mostly they harvest the sugar cane crop.