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Villa Hermosa, the place itself reflects nothing of the name that it was given. Perhaps the only beauty of the town are those who live in it, which mostly are immigrants from Haiti that have settled in and built their own houses with zinc plates and woods.

Recently I met eight years old Ramón who built his own toy based on caps and a bottle of mechanical oil. I also came across with María skipping the rope that she found on the garbage pile with one handle missing, which reminds me that I used to own one similar during my childhood. Not far from the little girl were nine years old Elías, who was playing Mancala with white pebbles that he collected on the ground.

Tomorrow, Dec. 25 in the Dominican Republic, while some children will find presents under the plastic pine tree left by  Santa Claus. Others, however, will continue to play just like any another day with the toys manufactured with a little bit of garbage and a lot of imagination.

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Last week the South Coast of the Dominican Republic has been declared on red alert because of a tropical storm passing by, nevertheless people still went out on the streets enjoying the unusual rain and some even showering in it. They might look like hippies form the 70s’, but in reality this is just a way for them to shower without water limitations because of the lack of water supply.

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Mother and Daughter

As the minimun wage failed to provide a decent quality of life for Berkys and her family, Melisa her oldest daughter of three, has started to work during the weekends with her mother by cleaning the rooms of the third floor in the Motel. Berkys is 38 or so and Melisa is 17, both of them appears to be older than their age as the hardness in their features set in over time while life failed to live up with their expectations.

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After a couple in their mid twenties left the room 302, immediately, I sneaked inside before the cleaning lady comes in and get it ready for their next costumers. According to the employers, room 302 it is now the busiest in the Motel after the incident that happened back in March of 2012. A man committed suicide by hanging himself on the TV stand after murdering his lover. It is believed that the broken mirror on the wall is caused by the lover while she struggled to defend her life. The management have yet replaced it, perhaps it to attracts more costumers.

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