Haiti honors victims of massive earthquake 12 years later

Flags at half-mast are flapping within the wind as Haiti honors the estimated 316,000 individuals who died in a devastating earthquake that hit 12 years in the past

Prime Minister Ariel Henry and different authorities officers clad in black fits visited the monument topped by a big rock that commemorates the victims of the 7.0 magnitude quake that struck on Jan. 12, 2010.

“We nonetheless have a lot to rebuild,” Henry stated. “January twelfth didn’t destroy one home solely. It destroyed the economic system of the entire nation. It’s going to take a very long time to return to the best way we had been earlier than the quake.”

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The quake destroyed greater than 100,000 buildings and broken one other 200,000. Henry stated that billions of {dollars} had been spent within the title of Haiti however that nobody has proof of the place half of that money went.

Henry, who’s searching for to construct a coalition authorities after the July 7 assassination of President Jovenel Moïse in a rustic fighting a spike in gang violence, stated Haitians don’t have the facility to cease pure disasters however can put an finish to violence.

He stated that without peace, Haiti can’t rebuild its economic system or democratic establishments, open faculties or maintain the final elections scheduled for later this 12 months.

“January twelfth is an efficient time to ask ourselves the place we wish to go along with the nation,” Henry stated. “It’s not the time to proceed preventing.”

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