Haiti Marks 12 Years Since Massive Earthquake Killed 220,000 People

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Flags at half-mast flapped in the wind Wednesday as Haiti honored the estimated 316,000 people who died in a devastating earthquake that hit 12 years ago.

Prime Minister Ariel Henry and other government officials clad in black suits visited the monument topped by a large rock that commemorates the victims of the 7.0-magnitude quake that struck on January 12, 2010.

Henry said there was plenty to rebuild as the quake destroyed not just one house, but the entire economy.

The quake destroyed more than 100,000 buildings and damaged another 200,000, with Henry saying that billions of dollars were spent in the name of Haiti but that no one has proof of where part of that money went.

Henry, who is seeking to build a coalition government after the July 7 assassination of President Jovenel Moïse as the country struggles with a spike in gang violence, said Haitians don’t have the power to stop natural disasters but can put an end to violence.

He said that without peace, Haiti can’t rebuild its economy or democratic institutions, open schools or hold the upcoming general elections scheduled for later this year.

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In This Story: Haiti

Haiti is a Caribbean country that shares the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic to its east. Though it’s still recovering from a 2010 earthquake, many of Haiti’s landmarks dating to the early 19th century remain intact. These include Citadelle la Ferrière, a mountaintop fortress.

Jean-Jacques Dessalines (later Emperor Jacques I), defeated Napoleon Bonaparte’s forces and declared Haiti’s sovereignty on 1 January 1804.

Haiti became the only state in history established by a successful slave revolt. Apart from Alexandre Pétion, the first President of the Republic, all of Haiti’s first leaders were former slaves.

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