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Leslie Searles | The Third Frontier


The aim of the project was to explore the conditions of Haitian immigrants who were stranded for four months in the Peruvian border with Brazil, while in search of the Brazilian dream. They set out on a long and expensive journey to Brazil, which had drawn some 4,500 haitians until that time.

The project began in Iñapari, a remote town in the Peruvian part of the Amazon rainforest bordering with Assin, in Brazil, where more than 250 Haitians were stranded after the Brazilian government restricted the entry of immigrants into the country. This regulation was introduced in the beginning of the year, trying to stop the wave of Haitian immigrants that was triggered by the 2010 earthquake.

A large number of Haitian immigrants seeking humanitarian refuge in Brazil, were victim of mafias and people traffickers who charged them larges amounts of money to take them clandestinely through the rainforest to the other side of the border.
Despite the absence of necessary services and adequate infrastructure, Iñapari became a temporary refuge, while the the Haitians waited anxiously to cross the border.

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