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Haitian community in South Florida marks 12 years since earthquake devastated Struck Island – CBS Miami

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – On Wednesday, the Haitian community of South Florida is marking 12 years since a devastating earthquake struck Haiti, killing tens of thousands of people and causing billions of dollars in damage.

A magnitude 7.0 disaster hit Haiti around 5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 12, 2010. It killed more than 200,000 people, injured thousands more, and caused more than 7.5 damage. billion USD.

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A memorial event organized by the Family Action Network Movement is scheduled for Wednesday at 7pm and it will be held through Launch.

Event organizers say the event will be attended by earthquake survivors, elected officials, community leaders and artists, who will share stories. inspiring “resilience, strength and courage” through songs and prayers while calling for change in Haiti.

“We are rallying in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Haiti to remember one of the worst crises,” said Marleine Bastien, Executive Director of the Family Action Network (FANM) Movement. in modern history and to pay tribute to those killed and wounded. . We encourage everyone to join us in praying for the Haitian people as they continue to face serious problems including crippled infrastructure and serious human rights violations. Let’s remember, reflect and pray together for a strong, just and thriving Haiti! ”

Haiti, one of the poorest countries in the region, has yet to recover from the disaster.

On Wednesday, Congressman Frederica Wilson made the following statement about the anniversary of the earthquake:

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“This year we mark 12 years since a magnitude 7.0 earthquake devastated Haiti resulting in the loss of more than 250,000 lives and over $8 billion in damage. As the congressional representative of one of the largest Haitian-American communities in the United States, I heard voters tell heartbreaking stories of the devastation left by the hurricane and witnessed first-hand. witness the pain and struggle that the people of Haiti have to endure during their many visits to the island. ethnic.

“Shortly after, a wave of support poured into Haiti from across the United States and across the globe to assist the survivors and rebuild the country. However, 12 years later, much more needs to be done if Haiti is to rebuild and become self-sufficient.

“I honor the memory of the lives lost in 2012 and pay my respects to those who survived. I also join my constituents in praying for Haiti to heal from systemic division and social inequality. On this day of remembrance, let us look to a bright future for Haiti, including political and institutional stability, democratic governance, and sustainable development. “

After the earthquake, President Obama designated Haiti as Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to protect Haitian citizens in the United States and allow them to work to provide remittances to their homeland, and to help Haiti recover.

TPS for Haiti was terminated under the Trump administration.

In May 2021, President Joe Biden’s Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced a new Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Designation for Haiti for 18 months.

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Click here to learn more about the TPS designation for Haitians living in the US.

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Huynh Nguyen

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