Dominican Republic 2004

   Batey, in the language of the Tainos, the indigenous natives of the island formerly called Hispaniola by the Spanish colonists, meant common square. Today, bateyes are the miserable villages where the Haitians who cut sugar cane each year live in huddled together. There are approximately five hundred of these villages in the Dominican Republic, all located among the sugar cane fields and where every day these workers give up a little of their lives for a salary of around 80 euros per month.                                                                                                                                                 (2004)