Since the 1950s, thousands of Haitian men have been contracted by their government to the Dominican Republic through bilateral governmental treaties to work under sub-basic conditions in vast sugar plantations as sugar cane cutters or Braceros.

Although that formal practice ended in 1986, desperate Haitians continue to cross the Dominican border by the thousands, sometimes illegally, to live in segregated work camps called bateyes plagued by poverty, disease, and hopelessness.

Their Dominican-born children face a more dire fate by their lack of adequate shelter and nutrition, basic pediatric care and education.

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