One month before Haitians go to the polls to elect their next president, an air of tension lingers over the heavily-impoverished Caribbean nation as the situation grows increasingly uncertain, with authorities recently intercepting a large shipment of weapons that threatened to seriously upend the balance of power in the failed state.
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In a mere 72 hours, Dominican immigration authorities apprehended 108 Haitian nationals who had illegally crossed the border, reported EFE. A group of 80 Haitians were apprehended traveling through the country's forest region as they made their way to Santiago, the Dominican Republic's second-largest city. None of the individuals in the group of 80 were carrying documentation.
One of the undocumented migrants told EFE that their reason for traveling to the Dominican Republic was primarily because of the uncertainty which now reigns over Haiti, with the people feeling insecure about the future.
Those feelings of insecurity could be justified as authorities in Haiti expressed alarm at what they described as an "arsenal of war," with more than 30,000 bullets coming from Miami; possibly one of many shipments.
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The intercepted arsenal also included uniforms, boots, bulletproof vests, and other items essential to legitimize a rebel army, especially since Haiti does not have its own armed forces.
Immigration authorities in the Dominican Republic this week have seen a preview of what's coming, since it's already looking unlikely that Haiti will be able to elect a legitimate leader, and with no prospect in sight for anyone to fund a third attempt to install a government, only chaos is on the horizon.
The United States, who provided funding for last year's failed Haitian elections, has pulled out from the current fracas, leaving the Dominican Republic to take over using electoral equipment that was declared to be flawed, leading to irregularities during the country's very own elections earlier this year.
The government that rises in Haiti will be one that relies on force, and although whoever sent that arsenal from Florida is likely feeling heat from his co-conspirators, there's no guarantee that the Haitian government will be able to keep the weapons safe, since senate candidates in the country are brazen enough to raid police stations in order to disarm officers, with no repercussions whatsoever.
Whoever was the intended recipient of those weapons will eventually arm themselves, if they haven't already done so, and the exodus of people will explode as the possibility increases that those guns could be used on them.
Although the Dominican Republic is bearing the brunt of the stampede, shelters in Tijuana are already finding themselves heavily strained under an influx of desperate Haitians.
If the situation in Tijuana is any indication of what's to come, we may yet see the worst humanitarian crisis in the Americas this century as millions of people flee starvation and war.