In an unprecedented gesture of neighborliness, the Dominican Republic has opened its border to injured Haitians. Traditionally, relations between the two countries are strained at best. Now there are fresh hopes that things could improve.
Many injured Haitians are being treated at the Dario Contreras public hospital in the capital, Santo Domingo.
Dominican Republic President Leonel Fernandez was the first head of state to visit Haiti after the Jan. 12 quake, and he has pledged his country’s support for the reconstruction effort.
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