The Woman Without a Country

Suzan Beraza



In 2013, the Dominican Republic’s constitutional court stripped citizenship from persons of Haitian descent. Along with others, Pikilina a sex worker living on the fringes of society has been made statelessness. She faces the choice of fighting for her rightful citizenship and exposing herself to danger, or fleeing to Haiti, a country she barely knows. In a country rife with racism, this contentious law further stokes distrust and hostility between Dominicans and Haitians, inciting xenophobic violence. Pikilina who has dreams of a better life for her children now faces a virtually impossible challenge of obtaining the documentation to allow her to remain in her country of birth.

A black woman looking concerned by a river in the jungle documentary about human rights issues.

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