Haitian and Dominican merchants warned Sunday that the Haiti government ban by land on 23 Dominican products staring October 1 could lead to famine in Haitian villages and towns near the border, EFE reports.
They also warned that if Port-au-Prince doesn’t lift the ban unemployment and crime will jump in border communities along the two countries´ border.
Roul Joseph, of the Haiti merchants Northeast Emergency Committee told EFE that several border towns in Haiti, near the Dominican border, have begun to feel the shortages of several products
He said Haitian merchants, especially those from Cap Haitien, don’t want to visit the binational market held in Dajabon (Dominican NW) Mondays and Fridays because from Ouanaminthe to that city, Haiti´s second biggest, authorities in that country have set up at least four checkpoints and everyone has to pay taxes on the goods they buy in Dominican Republic, regardless of amount.
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