Haiti commemorates the first anniversary of the catastrophic earthquake that shattered the Caribbean country, with a poignant ceremony at a mass burial site in Port-au-Prince.
President René Préval laid a wreath on a hill littered with black crosses, the final resting place for those whose life was snuffed out on January 12 last year.
As many as 200,000 people are buried at the St Christophe grave.
The two days of remembrance are going ahead, despite criticism over Haiti’s slow recovery and reconstruction, despite billions of euros of international aid being pledged.
President René Préval spoke to euronews:
“Haiti cannot get by on its own, given its current state, don’t forget 60 per cent of Haiti’s budget is external aid, so we are waiting for promises to become reality to make tangible what we need to do.”
Some 800,000 survivors still live in crowded, tented villages in the rubble-strewn Haitian capital where cholera still lurks.