Haitian Christians blame Voodooists for earthquake

Haitian Christians blame Voodooists for earthquake

Credit: Cassandra Nelson

Port-au-Prince, HAITI - 17 January 2010 - Five days after the earthquake the survivors of the quake are displaced from their homes and living in open public areas, such as parks, or in vacant lots and unused space around the city. People are starting to build their on temporary shelter out of wood they break off trees with their bare hands. They use their hands to dig holes for poles and then rocks to pound the poles into the ground. Tablecloths and bed sheets are used for the material for the shelter. In the City Center and everywhere, dead bodies are still visible, but cannot be collected because they are trapped by large objects. On street corners large fires are set to burn bodies. Photo credit: Cassandra Nelson/Mercy Corps

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by Associated Press

kgw.com

Posted on February 24, 2010 at 5:26 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 2 at 4:42 AM

Haitian Christians have attacked a group of Voodoo practitioners, pelting them with rocks and halting a ceremony meant to honor victims of last month's earthquake.

Voodooists had gathered in a seaside slum where thousands of quake survivors live in tents and depend on food aid. Praying and singing, the group was trying to conjure spirits to guide lost souls when a crowd of evangelicals started shouting. Some threw rocks while others urinated on Voodoo symbols. When police left, the crowd destroyed the altars and Voodoo offerings of food and rum.

Religious tension has increased since the earthquake. Some Voodoo practitioners say they've converted to Christianity, fearing that it was a warning from God or that they'll lose out on aid.

 

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