Haiti quiet as quake marked with national holiday

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton, the U. N. Special Envoy to Haiti, right, and Mariano Fernandez of Chile, the head of the U.N. mission in Haiti, left, tour a clothing and shoe factory in Ouanaminthe, on the outskirts of Cap Haitien, Haiti, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012. Clinton is in Haiti to mark the two-year anniversary of the catastrophic 2010 earthquake.
AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery
AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haitians are marking the second anniversary of the devastating 2010 earthquake with church services throughout the deeply religious country.

Women in white dresses and men in dark suits walked to church through streets were unusually quiet on what is a national holiday of remembrance.

Memorial services were planned at a U.N. base and the site north of the capital where thousands of quake victims are buried. President Michel Martelly is attending Thursday’s opening of a new university with former U.S. President Bill Clinton.

The government has said the disaster killed 316,000 people and displaced 1.5 million. More than 500,000 are still in temporary settlement camps.

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