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Yesterday, in a somber atmosphere, as the country is still reeling from hurricane Matthew last October, Haiti marked the 7th anniversary of the devastating January 2010 earthquake, that had destroyed much of the capital city Port-au-Prince, killed over 200.000 thousands, rendered an equal number of injured and made homeless some 1.5 millions. 

January 12th has since been declared a "national day of reflection and awareness on the vulnerability of Haiti to risks and disasters."

Haiti's interim President Jocelerme Privert addressed the nation and laid a wreath at a monument to the victims of the quake. A requiem mass was organized at the St. James Cathedral.  

Many Haitian communities in the diaspora, in cities such 
as Boston, New York City, Miami... organized events which have become traditional for them on January 12th, to commemorate the tragic event.