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Oct 15, 2013
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Stateless in their own country


La Romana, Dominican Republic

By Ricardo Rojas

“I have no country. What will become of me?” said Dominican-born Blemi Igsema, 27, standing with relatives outside the family’s wooden shack in Batey La Higuera, near La Romana, the heart of the Dominican Republic’s sugar cane industry.

Blemi’s grandparents were Haitian immigrants who came to cut sugar cane decades ago.

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      "Ricardo Rojas was born in Chile and studied photography in the Arcos Institute there. He worked in La Tercera newspaper and Cosas magazine, apart from doing freelance assignments for international agencies, before emigrating to the Dominican Republic in the year 2000. He was named Photo Editor for the Diario Libre newspaper in 2004, and has been shooting assignments for Reuters since 2011."
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