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Year-long Border Dispute Brings Development to Historically Forgotten Costa Rican Region

LADB Article ID: 78532
Category/Department: Central America
Date: 2012-03-15
By: George Rodríguez

When conflict broke out almost 17 months ago between Costa Rica and Nicaragua on a spot in the eastern section of the land border shared by the two Central American neighbors, little did the historically forgotten Costa Rican communities along the 309 km boundary imagine development would start arriving as a result. Both sides of the border—Costa Rica to the south of it, Nicaragua to the north—have some of the highest poverty levels in each nation, and, despite past administrations' promotion of development projects, development has not taken off to provide local communities with the means to overcome their dire situation.

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