Apparently, after the sugar industry was privatized in 1996, the owners ... phased out the traditional workers ... in favor of new, freshly-imported Haitians who worked for much less money. Ironically, the residents of this community were once Haitians themselves, and had few if any employment options outside the sugarcane industry. Still, the company determined it was still cheaper for the company to import â€?freshâ€? Haitians. This seems to be a problem common to many of these batey [sugar company-owned village] communitiesâ€”one that seems to be worsening an already desperate situation for many families in the Dominican Republic."Marlboro Man", who wrote this particular post, has taken his two daughters on a trip hosted by Compassion, a child sponsorship program designed to help the very poor through local churches. He has chronicled the communities they meet and how the children respond to each other, plus what Compassion does to help out.
On a lighter note, he's also chronicling the universal mothers' problem of too much laundry:
P.P.S. I took more photos of laundry piles yesterday. But Iâ€™m afraid if I send any more to Ree, she wonâ€™t let me come home. All Iâ€™m trying to tell her is that I understand now that her struggle is a universal one. But I donâ€™t think sheâ€™s getting the joke.It's useful to note that, like laundry, too much immigration is also a problem everywhere.