The devastating Haitian earthquake that has killed more than 150,000 people has impacted even the most remote areas of the Caribbean island Haiti shares with the Dominican Republic, according to Lauren Robin Derby, a UCLA history professor who recently returned from the border between the two countries.
Even the smallest rural clinics in the Dominican Republic are treating dozens of Haitian earthquake victims, often without the equipment and medications necessary to treat such serious injuries as broken limbs, she said.
"None of the medical aid is getting to them," said Derby, who spoke to a UCLA Latin American studies class in January about her recent trip to the border area. "I interviewed one man, Carlos Jeune, who pleaded with me to get him out of one of the clinics so he could receive the surgery he needed."
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