Haitians mark quake that killed 300,000

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - NATIONAL & WORLD -

Many Haitians lit can­dles and of­fered prayers Thurs­day to re­mem­ber rel­a­tives and neigh­bors who died in a cat­a­strophic earth­quake that struck near the Caribbean na­tion’s cap­i­tal seven years ago.

The govern­ment has said more than 300,000 peo­ple died in the dis­as­ter, but the ex­act toll is un­known as there was no sys­tem­atic ef­fort to count bod­ies in the chaotic days fol­low­ing the quake. About 1.5 mil­lion peo­ple were dis­placed.

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