UK envoy sees future wealth, current misery on Haiti-Dominican border

Wednesday September 2nd, 2015 Pedernales, Dominican Republic.- British ambassador Steven Fisher on Monday bid farewell to his post amid a cordial stay in the southwestern region, impressed by its rugged coast and Bahia de las Aguilas´ white sand beach and crystalline waters, which crown the region´s natural attractions.

He said he hopes the Dominican government develops the vast and attractive area to spur tourism, as president Danilo Medina pledged in his speech on 27 February, saying “it was time to develop the South.”

The diplomat said he would like to visit Bahia de las Aguilas again as a tourist, encouraged by Pedernales governor Angel Odalis Zabala´s enthusiasm to visit the exotic place.

Fisher spent two days in the border town and crossed into Anse a Pitre, Haiti, where he met with its mayor and other officials, who informed him about the Haitian reality and the migration process.

The diplomat spoke with officials from both sides and collected information on immigration and the reality of life of the border, to brief London upon his return.

He said he was saddened when despite being the 21st century, he saw Haitian families living in tents, inhospitable terrain and said he met with authorities and NGOs to discuss how to return them back to their homes.

He said those families shouldn’t stay in makeshift camps and acknowledged the difficulties poor people face when they try to move back to their native towns.