Divided island: How Haiti and the DR became two worlds

  • Published on:  10/17/2017
  • One island, two worlds.Follow Johnny on social media to stay up to date:Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/johnnywharrisFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/johnnyharrisvoxThe six Vox Borders documentaries, presented by lululemon, are publishing weekly on Tuesdays. Thanks to our sponsor, lululemon. Link for lululemon's Mens Pants: https://shop.lululemon.com/c/menHaiti and the Dominican Republic share a border, and an island. But the two countries are very different today: the Dominican Republic enjoys higher quality of life for many factors than Haiti. I went to this island and visited both countries, to try and understand when and how their paths diverged. And I began to learn how those differences are playing out in the present.Vox Borders is a new international documentary series presented by lululemon, by Emmy-nominated videojournalist Johnny Harris. For this series, Johnny is producing six 10-15 minute documentaries about different borders stories from around the world.Vox Borders Episodes:1. Haiti and the Dominican Republic ( https://youtu.be/4WvKeYuwifc)2. The Arctic & Russia (https://youtu.be/Wx_2SVm9Jgo)3. Japan & North Korea (https://youtu.be/qBfyIQbxXPs)4. Mexico & Guatemala (https://youtu.be/1xbt0ACMbiA)5. Nepal & The Himalaya (https://youtu.be/ECch2g1_6PQ)6. Spain & Morocco (https://youtu.be/LY_Yiu2U2Ts)Credits:Video by Johnny HarrisProducer: Christina Thornell Story Editor: Joss FongAnimation: Sam EllisAssistant Editing: Mwita ChachaFixer and Translator: Pascal AntoineExecutive Producer: Joe PosnerManaging Producer: Valerie LapinskiArt Director: Dion LeeEngagement Editor: Blair HickmanSenior Engagement Manager: Lauren KatzAudience Development Manager: Agnes MazurEngagement Video Producer: Tian Wang


  • Vox
    Vox  a years ago+5231

    This is a surreal feeling. Thanks to everyone for following along and being a part of this journey. Can't tell you all what this means to me. The next video will launch in a week! Follow my newsletter to stay up to date: www.vox.com/borders-email
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  • Kyle Fisher
    Kyle Fisher a years ago+2694

    The only other important thing that was not mentioned is that in 1822, When the DR became independent, the president of Haiti marched in with 10,000 troops and unified the island, making Dominicans 2nd class citizens. The way the Haitian president paid the French off was by making the people of the DR pay for it. The Haitians occupied the DR until ousted 1844 and have been hated ever since. This in no way justifies the present treatment of Haitians but it does give context on why the Dominicans hate Haitians so much

  • Ricky Farlon
    Ricky Farlon 1 months ago+741

    Most African countries that were once colonized by France are still being exploited.

  • Charles Black
    Charles Black 2 days ago+15

    Sorry dude, your historical narrative is BS. Haiti's issue is RACE, always has been always will be.

  • Blasio Sefu
    Blasio Sefu 3 days ago+11

    The African Union should give Aid to rebuild and reforest Haiti as a tribute to the first Free Black People

  • Fifaliana Joy
    Fifaliana Joy 21 days ago+105

    Is there even one ex french colony that is doing well?? excluding their current dependencies. That tells a lot.

  • A. Ahmed
    A. Ahmed 10 months ago+3093

    "After massacring the indigenous population they didn't exploit the land like the french did" wow what saints.

  • Tookiezzz
    Tookiezzz 7 days ago+183

    I wonder if the Haitian people should appeal to the world court to get reparations from France.

  • M P
    M P 3 days ago+10

    A simplistic moronic take on complex issues. Never change vox

  • Mitch Young
    Mitch Young 1 months ago+26

    The island wasn't "rich in resources like sugar and coffee" -- sugar and coffee aren't native to Hispañola. These plants were introduced, plantations were carefully planned and planted. Labor was brought in -- alas, slave labor. But all this required capital and planning and management effort.

  • jpiard116
    jpiard116 7 days ago+145

    Its unpopular to say but a lot of the Latin Nations bordering the Caribbean can be very racist when it comes to darker skinned people. Part of that way of thinking comes from colonization.

  • Tanvi Anand
    Tanvi Anand a years ago+5807

    The colors in this video are just phenomenal.

  • Anne Johnson
    Anne Johnson 1 months ago+156

    No mention of the Duvalier family or Bill Clinton's destruction of the rice farmers, and that missing 10 billion.......

  • Codetutor
    Codetutor 1 months ago+36

    Wait!!!! Did I just hear this right... French after colonizing Haiti and exploiting it had the audacity to ask for money from same people whom they exploited.... Why did Haiti pay back?

  • Mitchell
    Mitchell 6 days ago+22

    Clinton Foundation took 100's of millions of $$ of donations and left nothing. Thank's Bill and Hillary!

  • joe t
    joe t 3 days ago+21

    This is so sad, black people have been through lots of pain and suffering we should love and care for each other

  • Revanth
    Revanth a years ago+2575

    Glad you're not selling these episodes on youtube Red.

  • Tga Dega Garrencha
    Tga Dega Garrencha 7 days ago+26

    Was that a joke???? Who told you Dominican Republic is stable and rich???? I never knew that......

  • anthony m
    anthony m 7 days ago+30

    At no point was it suggested to start seeding the island with vegetation that would start to renew the soil .

  • Jj Mench
    Jj Mench 2 days ago+7

    Dominican Republic is not responsible for the well being of Haiti . Haiti has a government capable of taking care of their own citizens.