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Obituary: Dominican-Haitian activist Solange Pierre dies aged 48

Solange Pierre, an activist who fought for many years to preserve the rights of Dominicans of Haitian descent, has died at the age of 48 after suffering a heart attack. Her heart problems had first been detected four years ago.

Pierre fought for decades to overturn the long-standing prejudice in her home country against those born on the other side of the island of Hispaniola. This ‘antihaitianismo’ left many living in squalor and poverty. For her work, Pierre was recognised by a number of international organisations, including Amnesty International.

The Dominican Republican has experienced economic growth that has outstripped that of its neighbour considerably, leading to income inequality and considerable poverty in some parts of the island.

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One thought on “Obituary: Dominican-Haitian activist Solange Pierre dies aged 48

  1. She was well known in the Hatian community in South Florida and will be missed. R.I.P.

    Posted by aimhighprofits | December 5, 2011, 9:23 am

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