Haitian Women Cross Border to Give Birth


Cronkite Borderlands Initiative

JIMANI, Dominican Republic – A doctor sits on the porch of her clinic, the only one in Jimani, the Dominican city that serves as the largest border crossing between Haiti and its neighbor.

Just beyond the quiet porch, everything is chaos: dust, smoke, heat and the angry roar of motorbikes.

Suddenly, one of the bikes kicks up dirt and heads directly for the clinic. It’s driven by a teenage boy in shorts, and on the back sits a woman wearing spandex pants, a pink scarf tied around her head.

The woman struggles to get off the bike.

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