Haiti vs. Dominican Republic

Haiti vs. Dominican Republic

2023, Society  -   51 Comments
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Sharing the same sun-kissed shores of Hispaniola, Haiti and the Dominican Republic paint dramatically different portraits. While Haiti grapples with poverty and instability, the Dominican Republic dances to the rhythm of a booming economy and rising prosperity. Why is this? The answer lies in a tangled web of history, colonial scars, and divergent choices.

Haiti's turbulent past bleeds into its present. The brutal legacy of colonialism and the world's only successful slave rebellion left the fledgling nation ostracized and burdened by immense debt. Political instability, environmental disasters, and weak institutions further choked its development.

Meanwhile, the Dominican Republic, though no stranger to hardship, embraced stability and strategic alliances. Dictatorial strongmen, while far from ideal, ushered in relative peace and economic reforms. Tourism blossomed, foreign investment flowed, and infrastructure improved. Diversification beyond sugar exports shielded the economy from external shocks.

Education plays a crucial role. Haiti's low literacy rates and limited access to quality schooling hamper human capital development, perpetuating the cycle of poverty. The Dominican Republic, with its higher education attainment and skilled workforce, attracts more investment and fosters innovation.

Resource management also tells a tale of two trajectories. Deforestation and soil erosion plague Haiti, leading to devastating floods and diminishing agricultural yields. The Dominican Republic, with stricter environmental regulations and a focus on sustainable practices, protects its natural resources, laying the foundation for future growth.

The stark contrast isn't simply about geography, but about choices made. While Haiti navigates a complex web of internal struggles, the Dominican Republic proactively builds bridges with the world, attracting investment and leveraging its strategic location.

It's important to remember that both nations face immense challenges. Gang violence, corruption, and the ever-present threat of natural disasters continue to cast shadows on the Dominican Republic's progress. Haiti, despite its struggles, boasts a vibrant culture, resilient people, and a growing commitment to positive change.

The story of Haiti and the Dominican Republic is not one of definitive triumph and tragedy. It's a nuanced narrative of diverging paths, each shaped by a unique blend of history, choices, and external forces. While the present paints a stark picture, the future of both nations remains unwritten, filled with the potential for change, growth, and perhaps, eventually, the closing of the economic and social chasm that currently separates them.

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Jack Noel
Jack Noel
1 month ago

Whoever wrote this bogus one sided on Google article needs to be banned from the platform. I have been watching it throughout this afternoon to see how many times that ignorant wrote about Jamaica and finally put out his or her paws to show under his or her belly. We (the Haitian People) are the finest, smartest, and most educated people in the Caribbean.

Miguel
Miguel
1 month ago

Dominicans aren’t racist. Haitians that go to DR take a crap on the floor in the streets and don’t know how to act. France is to blame for the situation in Haiti and no one ever says it.

Carleen
Carleen
1 month ago

Dr can’t survive without Haiti 🇭🇹 . They are so racist . DR forgot it was who them papers for their country. The did not FIGHT like Haiti did … .. Let DR know they need to do better than that. We are in 2024 .. Haitian people works hard and educated speaks different languages

Davilmar
Davilmar
1 month ago

The author should put his name and approve his message. Such coward !

Yo mama
Yo mama
1 month ago

The picture up above makes me so angry because the situation in Haiti is no different than the Dominican Republic. Same corrupt leaders and instable governments. There is much cause to believe DR is benefiting from the instability in Haiti. If it wasn’t for the DR allowing the entry of narcos into the country it wouldn’t have spilled over into Haiti’s borders. The DR needs Haitis resources and agriculture and those industry’s still remain resilient. There are a lot of diaspora waiting to invest their money into Haiti once it remains stable

Fulano
Fulano
1 month ago

the eternal victims....

Tokio
Tokio
1 month ago

The thumbnail for that video is hilarious. So the DR gets painted in green and Haiti in red with skull & bones. Whoever wrote this piece is obviously is making it seem like the people of Haiti choose to not be prosperous, without taking into account the countless military invasions Haiti endured as well as the atrocious fee thar Haiti had to pay to the French for its freedom which set the country back a centennial, coupled with pre-civil war united states that had an interest in suppressing an independent black country, and a post civil war Jim Crowe U.S that had no desire to mingle with a a country seen as inferior due to bring a 98 percent black country. Haiti will one day rise from the ashes, I hope to live to see it.

Marcus
Marcus
1 month ago

Weak and disrespectful at best.I suggest the author spends time to to do quality researches ,Get to know our history and culture before posting nonsense.Or Keep the bias to himself. Better yet,educate yourself..Maybe next time you will be able to ask yourself why Haiti is being boycotted since after 1804.And be able to address the ongoing systemic lootings by power players/neo-colonialist nations(France,USA,Canada).Ask yourself why do the allege poorest nation needs the biggest U.S Ambassy in the entire Caribbean.Understand that the issues are much deeper than a misguided headline.

Last edited 1 month ago by Marcus
Kinson Metayer
Kinson Metayer
1 month ago

Just by the picture alone you can see this person is anti- haiti

Last edited 1 month ago by Kinson Metayer
Wood
Wood
1 month ago

For your information, the DR stole from Haiti and helped those criminals to enter all types of guns in Haiti, creating gangs and help them to get in power by the help of BUNI. Haiti's money make the DR what it is today. You need to help spreading the news about those that BUNI, the OEA and the UN put on power in Haiti to continue the work they started after the Duvalier lost power in Haiti. It's a plot to destroy the 1st free black Nation. After they help killed the president who wanted to help getting the country back on tract, they gave the country a coup D'etat by tweeting out by menacing the only man Claude Joseph who was left as the legal PM in the country to put in the notorious criminal Ariel Henry and his criminals partners on power. Use your time a better way by telling the truth about what happened to Haiti instead off spreading lies and try to show that DR is better. Go back before 1987, you will learn a lot about DR and Haiti there you will realize how they plot and destroy Haiti.

Not interested in garbage
Not interested in garbage
1 month ago

How disrespectful of you with that image your portraying of Haiti. If Dominicans amongst one of many of countries have any type of freedom it’s because of Haiti and it’s Haitian people. You seriously are ignorant because you lack education and have not done your research of Haitian history.

John Widdicomb
John Widdicomb
1 month ago

Same soil, same climate as 220 years ago when the former slaves slaughtered the French farmers who had not left. It was a robust economy amd colony for France. You know what is grown there now? Nothing

Haitian Women for Haiti's defense
Haitian Women for Haiti's defense
1 month ago

You are full of it you should be denouncing the injustice the Dominican government is doing against their neighboring country and trafficking heavy weapons also creating gangs all across Haïti. We the Haitian is ready to take actions with the American International Court

Paul Jaffet
Paul Jaffet
1 month ago

Yes,
Sometimes, the exact reason behind a statement of denigrating a person, an object of great value is never Seen or clearly said. Most of the time, it could be lucrative incentives, ignorance or prejudices against another. Any single evidence can be used to attend that mission. Haiti has been under bad influence of others from the moment it became independent from the imperialistic European. Therefore, the new and first sovereign Black Nation created by all African descents was seen as an a determinant enemy by the rulers of this unjust world. They vowed to make it fail by using any means possible to crush it to the dirt. If you can understand the fact about the new world order created by the big bosses of the world, you will understand why Haiti a so rich and fertile land is the way you see it today.

Domes Niete
Domes Niete
1 month ago

Voodoo, as mostly practiced by everyone there is what destroyed them. Take a closer look.

Daniel
Daniel
1 month ago

I understand my country Haiti a failed state state. Therefore, when you want to steal our mines to enrich your country. It's fair according to your fake democracy that you promote. Haiti will rise again. We sew clear now. We will be free from the mental slavery.

France
France
1 month ago

"low literacy rates" in Haiti ?????
I don't agree
I have been living in DR for more than a year. The Police can't even read. Who is illiterate ???? And they will ask you for money to let you go for a bogus road infraction.
Half the population have a charged gun on them. Its crazy violent.
The diffence between the two countries is that dominicans are racists.
They hate those FREE negros.

Violette A
Violette A
1 month ago

Enjoy your time bashing Haiti as much as you want to make DR look good but just remember one day you yourself will turn in amazement. Just like the history of the Egyptians, the Lord Jesus Christ Himself Will turn the situation around.. I promise you, Haiti and the people of Haiti will have the last laugh.

peter connell
peter connell
1 month ago

The root is corruption, aided & abetted by the big banks, who allow corrupt leaders to mortgage their countries future income streams, resulting in permanent penury.

Kerry Bordeaux
Kerry Bordeaux
1 month ago

Failed state,because the western nation’s like to intervention in Haiti political issues !!!! ( Thank god for the Caricom & Francophonie organization) so there can step there boundaries when there is intervention !!!!

Ken
Ken
1 month ago

that should change very soon in Jesus name 🙏🏽. Haiti 🇭🇹 Will be one of the most prosperous country in the 🌎 very soon.

Randy Evans
Randy Evans
1 month ago

The story as written projects an image of advancement in the D. R. and regression in Haiti,. I would look at it from a stand point of facing the history of outside Government rule and dictatorship that weren’t successful. The monies and government affiliation are bring out the same Dictatorial regime that previously rule the DR. A common theme is to build up broken Colonial infrastructure and not invest in your people or island neighbors.
Sounds as if Haiti has exercised the demons of past Dictatorships and Government alliances and will utilize the USA largest building for Consult services. Hopefully this will bring American dollars that will be used and gained by Haitian citizens that spur the human capital that exists. To sad that this island can be a nation and use the resources collectively and gain prominence in the Caribbean.

Mike Theodore
Mike Theodore
1 month ago

I did not even bother to read. Just by the picture I can see that this is a one side article.