WATCH: Five years ago, an earthquake devastated Haiti and displaced approximately 1.5 million people. Although the UN said $13 billion in aid was pledged, many people are now living in hillside slum and in deplorable conditions. Mike Armstrong reports.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Haiti is marking the fifth anniversary of a devastating earthquake with an early-morning church service and a gathering of dignitaries at a mass grave.
This is an official Day of National Remembrance in the impoverished country. Hundreds of Haitians started the day in their best clothes at a new Catholic church in downtown Port-au-Prince. The church replaced the cathedral left in ruins by the earthquake that also levelled much of the capital and surrounding area on Jan. 12, 2010.
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People who attended the Mass said they are still grieving over their losses from a quake the Haitian government said killed more than 300,000 people and left more than 1 million homeless.
President Michel Martelly was presiding at a memorial Monday at a mass grave north of Port-au-Prince.