Poverty in the Dominican Republic Essay

1362 Words Apr 23rd, 2011 6 Pages
Development throughout the life of a person depends on nourishment, shelter, education, and many other factors. A person cannot lead a full life without catering to their needs and interests, and living in poverty does not help. Poverty levels affect many people all over the world, specifically, the Dominican Republic. I recently took a trip there with my mother, and, during this trip, I noticed many dilapidated homes that housed under-nourished families. I feel that these situations do not help people develop successfully or practice all of their beliefs. To further research my assumptions, I interviewed Yadiris Aleman who was born and raised in a small town outside of Santiago. She moved to America when she was 20 with her family, and …show more content…
Many of the housing conditions also did not meet the par for even normal poverty stricken families in the United States. Countless homes did not have windows: just curtains. I feel that situations such as this only happen as a result of the corrupt government in the Dominican Republic. The police force is corrupt and does no justice for the public safety of the local people. Instead of giving attention to the country’s extreme societal issues, most of the government officials only look to be elected in order to obtain bribes while in office.
The government has been devoting much time and money to the developing tourist resorts because they are a main source of the growing economy. On the other hand, “[m]any local inhabitants sense a loss of local hegemony and fear that tourism is disrupting the social fabric of community life” (Freitag). As a result of her extreme poverty before she came to America, Yadiris feels that one of her hardest parts of adjusting in America was the city life because she was born and raised in a small town, where her floors were cement and her roof was a piece of scrap metal. She went on to tell me how they were only permitted an hour of electricity a day causing food to spoil faster and allowed for no hot water. While the government is putting money into the many extravagant tourist resorts, the Dominican Republic’s inhabitants are living in shams with few schools or health clinics left after tropical
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