September 01, 2010
DOMINICANS AND HAITIANS CALL FOR HEALING AND FORGIVENESS
Prayer can help people heal and it is hoped that prayer will bring Dominicans and Haitians together for peace. The founders of the Dominican-Haitian Confraternity, USA want to work with the secretary of state of the United States and educators to bring about a change among those two people. I know I want to help.
Here is information about the Parsley Massacre at the River Dajabón in the Dominican Republic.
Trujillo, a proponent of antihaitianismo, had made his intentions for the Haitian community clear in a short speech given at a dance held in his honor on 2 October 1937 in Dajabón, stating:
“ For some months, I have traveled and traversed the border in every sense of the word. I have seen, investigated, and inquired about the needs of the population. To the Dominicans who were complaining of the depredations by Haitians living among them, thefts of cattle, provisions, fruits, etc., and were thus prevented from enjoying in peace the products of their labor, I have responded, ‘I will fix this.’ And we have already begun to remedy the situation. Three hundred Haitians are now dead in Bánica. This remedy will continue.
Trujillo’s actions were reportedly in response to information regarding Haitians stealing cattle and crops from Dominican residents of the borderlands; therefore, the annihilation of an estimated 20,000 to 30,000  living within the Dominican border was clearly a direct order of Trujillo. For approximately five days, from 2 October 1937 to 8 October 1937, Haitians were killed with guns, machetes, clubs and knives by Dominican troops, civilians and local political authorities or “alcaldes pedáneos”, some while trying to flee to Haiti by crossing the Rio Artibonito, which has often been the site of bloody conflict between the two nations. Dominican military personnel directly misled fleeing Haitians by telling them they were being deported; however, after being taken to a secluded location the Haitians were executed. To augment the death toll, the main bridge between the Dominican Republic and Haiti was closed, preventing Haitians from fleeing the country. The Parsley Massacre, however, was motivated by Trujillo’s desire to establish a clear border separating the two nations. He also wanted to exercise more political and economic control of the farthest regions of the country, from the rural border lands, to the center of the nation. In the eyes of Trujillo, the presence of Haitian immigrants in Dominican borderlands — which were largely disconnected from Dominican urban life — prohibited the formation of clear political, cultural and social boundaries. It ultimately weakened his attempts to establish an authoritarian regime.
MARTIN N. DANENBERG
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ISLANDIA, NEW YORK 11749
Profesor Martin Danenberg September 1, 2010 09:57 AM