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Photo by Lynn Gedeon, forgotten deportees in Anse-a-Pitres, Haiti

Broken heart from visiting the deportees at Anse a Pitres, Haiti

Broken heart from visiting the deportees at Anse a Pitres, Haiti

By Lynn Gedeon

On Saturday I had the chance to visit the deportees at Anse-a-Pitres. I have never been on a more isolated road in my entire life. Each way is 5 hours. So it took us 10 hours on the road. There’s no gas station ( I didn’t see one, maybe in Thiotte), it doesn’t rain often so you can imagine how a dirt, dry land looks like.

When we reached Anse-a-Pitres which is also the border of DR (Pedernales is the closest city I believe), my heart literally broke. According to the locals, it hasn’t rained much since the beginning of the year, maybe twice and it makes sense because the only thing they export in the area is charcoal.

Now let’s talk about the deportees and their condition of living: Can you imagine someone sleeping under carton boxes and on the dirt, like the real dirt? This is how they are living and a child was born on that dirt about 2 weeks ago. The children skins’ look pale and  look like they haven’t take showers or drink water for days. They don’t have much to eat, they live on soup made out of biscuits so you can imagine how grown men and their families are eating soup everyday. Even if they wanted to grow food, due to lack of rain and water in the area, it seems impossible.  You know what’s worst about it, when we took a look around the area, it seems like a lot of people have isolated their homes and cross the border and we can’t blame them. Can you believe you can cross the border of Anse-a-Pitres/DR with a motorcycle?

I got angry when I look across the border and see that DR had roads, electricity, it looks clean and it doesn’t look nothing like Haiti because at Anse-a-Pitres there is no road, no water, no electricity. My biggest fear is for them to not develop a cholera outbreak because they will all die. This area needs to be developed badly and these people are willing to work.

The saddest thing one of them told me that some level of poverty is better than some, she would rather take the poverty of having a roof over her head instead of sleeping on the dirt. By the way some members of the government did visit them but I don’t want to talk about that.

Now how can you help: there is a group leading by Taino-L Haiti that is doing all the necessary measures to assist them. They need everything but tents are needed badly. If you want to help by giving whatever items you can like clothes, food, sheets, just anything, you can contact me and I will make sure it gets to the right person.

Lynn Gedeon

Twitter: @LynnGedeon

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