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Haiti marks recovery one month after quake tragedy

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- Haitians have been taking part today in a national day of mourning for earthquake victims, one month after the deadly quake that left the Caribbean country struggling for survival.

Thousands of people gathered atop the rubble of destroyed churches, and in parks and along sidewalks.

Near the shattered National Palace, leaders of Haiti's two official religions -- a Catholic bishop and the head of Voodoo priests, joined with ministers from Protestant denominations for a prayer service.

President Rene Preval wept during the service.

Hundreds of people gathered. The men wore black armbands of mourning.

In a Port-au-Prince suburb, parishioners filled churches, and set up loudspeakers so people outside could follow.


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- In the month since Haiti's massive earthquake, food and other aid have yet to reach all the people who need it.

Infrastructure problems and supply backlogs continue to hamper the international aid effort. Schools remain closed. A recent downpour offers a preview of the impending rainy season, muddying the dirt where an estimated 1.2 million people have pitched a makeshift camp.

The Jan. 12 quake killed more than 200,000 people and leveled much of Haiti's capital. About 3 million people remain in need of food and other help.

But there are signs of recovery. Huge amounts of rubble are still everywhere, but at least they have been pushed to the side of the road. The United Nations has also been better able to help coordinate global relief efforts.

Cell phone coverage has vastly improved. And gas stations have reopened -- though that has also meant traffic is back to its normal, intolerable state.

Meanwhile, the European Union is promising a military operation to bring strong shelters to Haiti that can withstand the Caribbean's heavy rains and hurricanes.

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