Environmental Destruction, Chaos Bleeding Across Haitian Border

December 14, 2009
By Nathanial Gronewold

MALPASSE, Haiti – In October, three Haitian men were shot dead and a fourth was wounded just across the Dominican Republic border from this dusty and impoverished town.

The men were gunned down, investigators say, by vigilantes or a rival criminal group for cutting down trees for charcoal. The remains of the three dead men were found burned inside the very furnaces they were using to produce Haiti’s most sought-after fuel.