May 15, 2020
The United States has continued to deport thousands of people during the pandemic, despite the risk of spreading the coronavirus to countries with fragile public health systems. “These deportations are obviously a threat to Haiti and a threat to the entire region,” says Haitian-American writer Edwidge Danticat. “It’s a disgrace. It’s dangerous for the health of the communities that these folks are being returned to.” The spread of COVID-19 in Haiti is the latest outbreak to rock the country, says Danticat, who notes Haiti is still recovering from the cholera epidemic of the last decade after United Nations personnel contaminated the nation’s drinking water in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake.