Dominican-Haiti Border Market to Reopen as Cholera Fears Subside


As Army soldiers and Immigration Agency inspectors round up and repatriate hundreds of undocumented Haitians in the effort to halt the spread of cholera, Justice Ministry and city council officials announced that the cross border market held twice weekly will reopen on Friday, while the fear of local authorities subsides.

The Health Ministry had closed the market more than one month ago alleging that poor sanitary conditions, the lack of latrines, and dirty surroundings stoked fears that cholera would enter from Haiti. The market’s announced reopening comes after the authorities said the condition of poor hygiene had been corrected. Apparently, Mayor Luís Manuel Féliz, announced a donation of 600 cubit meters of aggregates from the company Cementos Andinos to fill the areas where the rains cause mud. Buts despite the order to temporarily shut the facility, Dominican and Haitian vendors remain in the area near the market, prompting complains from community residents.

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