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Haiti's President Rene Preval, second from left, wipes his tears as he attends a national day of mourning ceremony in Port-au-Prince, Friday, Feb. 12, 2010.Haiti Observes Day of Mourning Tens of thousands of Haitians united Friday to mourn the victims of the earthquake that devastated the nation 1 month ago. At Champs de Mars, a tent city outside the collapsed National Palace, a 3-day memorial service began. “Haiti has just experienced the biggest tragedy of our history,” a prominent priest told the crowd. “It shows that from now on we must do things not like before the earthquake. Have solidarity but with a new conscience.”

President René Préval told his people to “have courage,” the Miami Herald reports. “Today, I am not speaking to you as president, but as a father,” Préval said. “Understand that your cries have been heard and that the people of Haiti must have courage. The message is Haiti has not perished. The message is Haiti cannot perish.”

Haiti's President Rene Preval, left, wipes tears from his face during a national day of mourning as he sits with his wife Elisabeth Debrosse Preval in Port-au-Prince, Friday, Feb. 12, 2010.  Thousands of people gathered one month after the deadly magnitude-7 quake that left the Caribbean country struggling for survival.

A woman, using water from a broken pipe, washes her hands in a street of Port-au-Prince, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010. A powerful earthquake hit Haiti on Jan. 12.

A child carries a chair in a street in Port-au-Prince, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010. A powerful earthquake hit Haiti on Jan. 12.

 

 

 

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