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GSA Megan Myers Visits Haiti
October 2012 marks the 75th anniversary of the 1937 Haitian Massacre where thousands of Haitians and their Dominican-born descendants were murdered. On October 4-6 the first ever commemoration of the massacre, Border of Lights, took place and events were held on both sides of the border, in the Dominican city, Dajabón, and the Haitian city, Ouanaminthe. The cities are separated by the Rio Masacre. On the 4th, community members gathered in the parque central in Dajabón to take part in an interactive art exhibition, followed by a mass and candle light vigil at the border. Hundreds of Haitians took part in the vigil too, visible only by candlelight on the other side of the river. The following day was spent in Ouanaminthe cleaning up the local park as well as the polluted riverside. The three-day event culminated with a Conference on the 1937 massacre, attended by hundreds of Haitian and Dominican students, where artists, doctors, academics, activists and others -- from both sides of the border -- filled the panel.