Name That Tune

Three Haitian teenage girls sing an uplifting song in the Dominican Republic. Their families work in the sugar cane fields where days are long and laborious.
Three Haitian teenage girls sing an uplifting song in the Dominican Republic. Their families work in the sugar cane fields where days are long and laborious.

This photo was taken among the sugar cane fields of the Dominican Republic, where families of Haitian cane cutters live. These families come across the border to find a better life but, more often than not, they find more hardship. Most Haitian cane cutters are undocumented and subject to inhumane working and living conditions. Our ministry partner there, MEBSH, takes food staples to these cane-field ‘bateys’ to help supplement what little food the families are able to grow and buy on their own. Though they are poor, the families in this particular batey enjoy a thriving Christian community, as evidenced by the song these three teens sang for us. They sing it in Spanish, the language of the Dominican Republic, but you may recognize the tune.

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-Nola B.

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