Haiti earthquake anniversary marked at the United Nations in New York

The one year anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti which killed around 220,000 people has been marked at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

Women praying

The earthquake left 1.5 million people homeless and destroyed much of the already poor infrastructure of the Caribbean island.

One hundred and two UN members of staff also died in Haiti’s’ worst ever natural disaster.

At a special ceremony, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon paid tribute to all those who died.

“Today we gather in solidarity with the people of Haiti, with one another, with all who lost their loved ones on that tragic day. To the families of our 102 fallen colleagues, to all who suffered injuries, physical and emotional, we offer our deepest sympathies. As we honour the dead, we honour the living, the Haitians struggling in difficult conditions, the workers from around the world helping Haiti to rebuild, the many donors giving aid.” 

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