The humanitarian crisis at the Dajabón border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic

The situation at the Dajabón border crossing between Haiti and the Dominican Republic has escalated to a humanitarian crisis as hundreds of undocumented Haitian migrants are being deported back to a country in the grip of a severe political and humanitarian crisis. The already precarious situation in Haiti has worsened in recent weeks as gangs launched coordinated attacks to force the resignation of the prime minister, leaving more than 350,000 people internally displaced, with over 15,000 in the past fortnight alone. The Dominican Republic, however, continues to send back undocumented Haitians, seemingly closing its doors to refugees seeking sanctuary. This has resulted in chaos and uncertainty for those being returned to Haiti, where the humanitarian situation is dire, especially in the capital city, Port-au-Prince. Hospitals are overwhelmed, essential supplies are scarce, and gang violence has left the population in a state of fear and insecurity.

The lack of a clear successor to the resigned prime minister has further deepened the crisis, with power struggles and divisions hindering the formation of an interim administration. Gang leaders, including Jimmy “Barbecue” Chérizier, have expressed dissatisfaction with the transitional deal, raising concerns about the potential for further violence and instability in the country. The situation is exacerbated by the alarming increase in sexual violence and abuse against women, with many victims too afraid to seek medical help for fear of retaliation.

The deported Haitian immigrants face an uncertain and dangerous future in a country ravaged by violence, instability, and political turmoil. The international community, including the United Nations and neighboring countries, must urgently step up efforts to provide humanitarian aid, security, and support to the people of Haiti in their time of need.