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Commemorating 10th Anniversary of the Haiti Earthquake

At a special event for the anniversary, UN Secretary-General António Guterres led a wreath-laying ceremony at the New York Headquarters to honor the memory of the hundreds of thousands of Haitians who lost their lives in the devastating earthquake on the 12th of January 2010, and to express condolences and solidarity with the millions who continue to suffer the impact of this tragedy.

Guterres also noted that following one of the darkest days in its history, Haiti drew on the courage and determination of its people and the assistance of its many friends.

Secretary-General António Guterres also paid respects at the moving new memorial, “A Breath” that has been brought to New York.

The MINUSTAH earthquake memorial was created by Italian artist Davide Dormino pro bono and installed in the MINUSTAH HQ at LogBase in Port-au-Prince in 2010. The work of art entitled “A BREATH” is a murmur, a sound, a whisper the instant before the Earth begins to shake.

The same breath of air blew the pages with one falling to the ground. The fallen page bears only the first name of the beloved, missing colleagues, not in alphabetical order, because we are all equal facing death.

It is a work that defies time, space and gravity, just like Haitian people.

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Timothy Omondi