San Juan, Mar 26 (EFE).- Tons of of individuals from varied Caribbean international locations gathered in Puerto Rico on Sunday to march in reminiscence of migrants who died at sea attempting to succeed in the nation.
The procession was held “to create consciousness of the tragedy that our brothers and sisters in Haiti and the Dominican Republic are experiencing by having to depart their international locations,” archbishop of the Archdiocese of San Juan, Roberto Octavio González, instructed EFE.
Tons of of trustworthy prayed as they carried the portraits of late migrants within the march that left the chapel of Nuestra Señora del Carmen within the municipality of Toa Baja, within the north of Puerto Rico, to the island of Cabra.
Amongst these attending had been Haitian bishop Pierre-André Dumas and the Titular Bishop of Giufi of the Dominican Republic, Jesús Castro.
“It’s a type of prayer for all of the individuals who died throughout the sea crossing, that’s why we do that procession,” stated Leonard Prophil, a Haitian neighborhood chief in Puerto Rico, including that this was the primary march they usually intend to prepare extra.
A document of no less than 321 migrants died or disappeared on sea routes via the Caribbean in 2022, in accordance with knowledge from the Worldwide Group for Migration (IOM).
Solely half of the lifeless and disappeared in 2022 could possibly be recognized, stated the IOM, which added that 80 of them had been from Haiti, 69 from Cuba, 56 from the Dominican Republic and 25 from Venezuela.
“We wish to attraction to the legal guidelines to be extra humanitarian in order that in our nation we will set up a more practical reception mechanism, and above all prayer, non secular and materials solidarity,” stated González.
At 77 years outdated, Puerto Rican Mirta Colón said that she attended the march for “solidarity with the peoples of the Caribbean” and stated that migrants who arrive in Puerto Rico “discover that they’re worse off than of their nation.”
Haitian Faniel Charles, who has been residing in Puerto Rico for 18 years, stated: “I got here for my countrymen who’ve died at sea, to assist them.”
Puerto Rico has grow to be an everyday vacation spot for migrants arriving from the neighboring island of Hispaniola, which is shared by the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
Most of the migrants who attempt to attain Puerto Rico in quest of higher residing circumstances are Dominicans and Haitians. EFE