The Price of Sugar: The Haitian Struggle for Human Rights in the Dominican Republic

Trip Overview:

In 2010, Gettysburg College initiated a new Immersion Project in the Dominican Republic, based on interest students had in the issues surrounding Haitians living in the DR. Part of this interest was sparked by the viewing of the filmThe Price of Sugar which documents the Haitian immigrant involvement in the production of sugar in the DR, and the poor working and living conditions in the bateys (sugar cane villages) which are systematically enforced because of “antihaitianismo,” a culturally accepted discrimination against Haitians.

This trip will visit the San Cristobal region of the Dominican Republic. Participants will stay at Rancho El Campeche, a beautiful ranch dedicated to ecological and cultural tourism, and operated by Xiomara Fortuna, an Afro-Dominican musical artist and social activist. Participants will visit schools, bateys, and communities which have been effected by the tensions that exist between Dominicans and the Haitians, and learn about efforts to address antihatianismo by groups like MUDHA. The trip will also consider the cultural traditions that help sustain the Afro-Dominican fight for social justice, in particular through music and ritual.