By Roque Planas
Reposted from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/29/dominican-cane-cutters_n_7688392.html on July 1, 2015
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- When André Pérez first left Haiti for the Dominican Republic in 1964, his new employer gave him a machete, a gallon of water and a bag. The 14-year-old boy went to work cutting cane, one of the most grueling jobs the hemisphere offers, and one that is intimately tied to the advent of racial slavery his birth country had rebelled against in the 18th century. For the next five decades, he swung a machete under the tropical sun.