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Haiti commemorates eighth anniversary of tragic earthquake

Haitians have come together to mark the eighth anniversary of the devastating 2010 earthquake which claimed the lives of some 230,000 people.

Haitian President Jovenel Moise attended a commemoration event in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Friday. He was joined by wife, Matine Moise, and other officials as they laid the first stone at the National Palace.

It comes after President Donald Trump allegedly called Haiti, countries in Africa and El Salvador ‘s******e countries’ on Thursday.  

Haitian President Jovenel Moise attended a commemoration event in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Friday. He was joined by wife, Matine Moise, and other officials as they laid the first stone at the National Palace at the capital

The catastrophic 7.0 magnitude earthquake that devastated the country and killed 230,000 people would lead to the eventual temporary protected status that the Trump administration reneged

The catastrophic 7.0 magnitude earthquake that devastated the country and killed 230,000 people would lead to the eventual temporary protected status that the Trump administration reneged

Haitian First Lady, Marine Moise, places the cement for the first stone of the reconstruction of the National Palace

Haitian First Lady, Marine Moise, places the cement for the first stone of the reconstruction of the National Palace

Young people pose with checks of twenty-five thousand gourdes each, donated for the reconstruction of the National Palace. Haiti has struggled to cope in the eight years since the quake. It is by far the poorest country in the Americas, and rated 209th poorest country in the world, out of 230 in total, putting it below Afghanistan and Ethiopia

Young people pose with checks of twenty-five thousand gourdes each, donated for the reconstruction of the National Palace. Haiti has struggled to cope in the eight years since the quake. It is by far the poorest country in the Americas, and rated 209th poorest country in the world, out of 230 in total, putting it below Afghanistan and Ethiopia

The catastrophic 7.0 magnitude earthquake that devastated the country and killed 230,000 people would lead to the eventual temporary protected status that the Trump administration reneged. 

In addition, many Haitians take issue with the Clinton Foundation, alleging that they never saw any of the millions of dollars that were raised by the organization.

Haiti has struggled to cope in the eight years since the travesty. It is by far the poorest country in the Americas, and rated 209th poorest country in the world, out of 230 in total, putting it below Afghanistan and Ethiopia.

Unemployment is 40 per cent, and less than a third of the workforce have formal jobs, while the economy is still recovering from the latest massive natural disaster, Hurricane Matthew, which hit in 2016.

National police officers raise a Haitian national flag. Unemployment is 40 per cent, and less than a third of the workforce have formal jobs, while the economy is still recovering from the latest massive natural disaster, Hurricane Matthew, which hit in 2016

National police officers raise a Haitian national flag. Unemployment is 40 per cent, and less than a third of the workforce have formal jobs, while the economy is still recovering from the latest massive natural disaster, Hurricane Matthew, which hit in 2016

 A man performs a voodoo ceremony before the start of a memorial service honoring the victims of the 2010 earthquake, at Titanye

 A man performs a voodoo ceremony before the start of a memorial service honoring the victims of the 2010 earthquake, at Titanye

Supporters of Haiti's President Jovenel Moise watch a memorial service honoring the victims of the 2010 earthquake. In addition, many Haitians take issue with the Clinton Foundation, alleging that they never saw any of the millions of dollars that were raised by the organization 

Supporters of Haiti’s President Jovenel Moise watch a memorial service honoring the victims of the 2010 earthquake. In addition, many Haitians take issue with the Clinton Foundation, alleging that they never saw any of the millions of dollars that were raised by the organization 

An old picture of the palace is pictured next to the different officials posing next to the rock.

An old picture of the palace is pictured next to the different officials posing next to the rock.

Other statistics are also appalling: illiteracy is as high as 40 per cent, average per capita income has been estimated at $400 per person, and even though the country’s debt was canceled in 2010, it has already reached more than $2 billion, mostly owed to Venezuela.

In bluntly vulgar language, President Donald Trup questioned Thursday why the U.S. would accept more immigrants from Haiti and “shithole countries” in Africa rather than places like Norway, as he rejected a bipartisan immigration deal, according to people briefed on the extraordinary Oval Office conversation. 

On Friday, he denied those remarks, adding while he had made some tough ones, he did not make those particular comments.  

President Donald Trump on Friday denied making a widely condemned comment railing against accepting immigrants from ‘s***hole countries,’ even as he admitted to using ‘tough’ language in an Oval Office meeting with lawmakers.

‘The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used,’ Trump wrote, using unusually passive language in an effort to walk back the comment.

‘What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made – a big setback for DACA!’ Trump tweeted Friday. 

Another woman performing more voodoo at the burial sight in remembrance to those that lost their lives

Another woman performing more voodoo at the burial sight in remembrance to those that lost their lives

This knoll overlooks the memorial site for the 2010 earthquake. Illiteracy is as high as 40 per cent, average per capita income has been estimated at $400 per person, and even though the country's debt was canceled in 2010, it has already reached more than $2 billion, mostly owed to Venezuela.

This knoll overlooks the memorial site for the 2010 earthquake. Illiteracy is as high as 40 per cent, average per capita income has been estimated at $400 per person, and even though the country’s debt was canceled in 2010, it has already reached more than $2 billion, mostly owed to Venezuela.

National police officers holding a flower wreath wait for the arrival of Haiti's Pesident Jovenel Moise

National police officers holding a flower wreath wait for the arrival of Haiti’s Pesident Jovenel Moise

The president and his wife greet attendees at the ceremony as stones were carried in remembrance of the old palave

The president and his wife greet attendees at the ceremony as stones were carried in remembrance of the old palave

Haitians perform a voodoo ceremony before the start of a memorial service honoring the victims of the 2010 earthquake, at Titanyen, a mass burial site north of Port-au-Prince

Haitians perform a voodoo ceremony before the start of a memorial service honoring the victims of the 2010 earthquake, at Titanyen, a mass burial site north of Port-au-Prince

 Haitian president Jovenel Moise speaks during the event in the nation's capital on Friday

 Haitian president Jovenel Moise speaks during the event in the nation’s capital on Friday

Minister of Public Works of Haiti, Jean Evelt Eveillard; of Haitian President Jovenel Moise; of the first lady Martine Moise; and Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant, during the installation of the first stone for the reconstruction of the National Palace

Minister of Public Works of Haiti, Jean Evelt Eveillard; of Haitian President Jovenel Moise; of the first lady Martine Moise; and Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant, during the installation of the first stone for the reconstruction of the National Palace



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