It’s the million dollar question this month, as a result of the recent unexplained 9 deaths in Punta Cana and La Romana that took place over the past 12 months altogether (2018-2019) – and were reported over the past four weeks.

If you’re confused as to what is happening exactly, and want to read coverage that puts these events into context please read this in-depth article over on my primary travel blog. I wrote it based on my nearly six years of exploring all over the DR as a travel journalist, guidebook author and DR travel expert.

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Lebawit Lily Girma

A former corporate attorney, Lebawit Lily Girma is an award-winning travel writer, photographer, and author of several Caribbean guidebooks for US-publisher Moon Travel Guides, including Moon Belize and Moon Dominican Republic. Originally from Ethiopia, Lily calls herself a “culture-holic”–fluent in four languages, she has lived in eight countries besides the U.S., including Belize, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic. Her articles and photography focusing on culture, adventure, and sustainable travel in the Caribbean region have been published in AFAR Magazine, CNN, BBC, Delta Sky, The Guardian, and others. She is the recipient of the 2016 Marcia Vickery Wallace Award for Excellence in Travel Journalism from the Caribbean Tourism Organization.

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