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  • The girl told her president that she prayed for him and the hundreds of victims of Saturday

    The girl told her president that she prayed for him and the hundreds of victims of Saturday's earthquake. | Photo: ANDES

Published 19 April 2016

Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa tweeted a 12-year-old girl's letter expressing her prayers for the victims of the country's deadly earthquake.

A 12-year-old girl’s letter expressing solidarity with her president after the earthquake in Ecuador went viral on Tuesday.

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The girl, Sol Diaz, told Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa that “in these difficult times, you are not alone, many people support you.” Correa reposted the letter, decorated with a heart and flower in the colors of the Ecuadorean flag, on his Twitter account and said that “things like these give us energy to keep going forward.”

“I have faith and hope that little by little, our country will move forward,” read the letter. “I pray for all people and for those that have joined efforts, and I also pray God to give you strength because I have confidence that you will provide for all.”

The girl wrote from Cuenca, one of the cities hit by the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that killed at least 443 people. Residents mobilized quickly and have already organized at least 10 collection points for those affected by the destruction.

Correa is visiting victims of the earthquake in hospitals and shelters and said Tuesday that it has been "one of the hardest days of my life."

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