Christian, Vodou leaders join in tribute to quake victims

February 13, 2010

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Christian and Vodou leaders put aside their differences for a moment Friday, joining hands under a canopy of tropical trees as some earthquake survivors on crutches and in wheelchairs mourned the more than 200,000 Haitians killed by an earthquake one month ago. The catastrophe has driven a wedge between Haiti's religions as Christian groups make inroads among shaken Vodou followers - some drawn by the steady flow of aid through evangelical missions and others frightened by a disaster they saw as a warning from God. Beauvoir said it took weeks of negotiations to arrange his participation in Friday's ceremony, and that some didn't want Vodou represented in Port-au-Prince on Friday's national day of mourning.

- Sun News Services

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