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Haiti's dead are remembered five years after devastating earthquake

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Haiti's dead are remembered five years after devastating earthquake


The people of Haiti have been remembering the dead from five years ago when a devastating earthquake killed more 300,000 people.

President Michel Martelly and his wife laid a floral tribute at a memorial which is currently under construction for the victims of one of the worst natural disasters of modern times.

Survivor Willmarc Jean gave his account of what happened:

“January 12 changed my life, I never thought I would have to live with a disability. After I lost my leg I felt I had lost my courage, I thought my life had ended, but I was wrong. As you can see, a person with a disability is a person like anyone else.”

The 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck in the early evening, collapsing concrete buildings by the tens of thousands in the densely populated, impoverished capital of Port-Au-Prince.

Since then a political standoff has delayed elections with the consequence that much needed rebuilding has been impeded despite a massive international aid programme

As Martelly attended the commemoration, he confirmed that he had forged a last-minute accord with leaders of four opposition parties after days of negotiations, with the hope of creating a viable path to towards calling the long-delayed elections.

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