Fearful Haitians pray to God after quake

Many Haitians have turned to God for an explanation of their impoverished country's worst catastrophe in living memory, which has killed up to 200,000 people.

Fearful Haitians pray to God after quake

Survivors of Haiti's devastating earthquake gave thanks to God on Sunday if they were still standing, or on the street, out of fear of dangerous aftershocks.

"It has been a week for thanking God for protecting us. We are suffering a lot. Praying helps us," said Anne Pierre, 64, who lost her home but whose family is safe thanks to God.

So many churches were damaged in Tuesday's quake which wrecked Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince.

The city's Notre Dame cathedral lay in ruins, but some people went to pray amid its rubble for the Roman Catholic priests and parishioners who died in the disaster.

Since Tuesday's 7.0 magnitude earthquake, hundreds of thousands of Haitians have slept out in the streets, singing hymns for comfort and praying in the darkness.

About 80 percent of Haitians are Catholic and 16 percent Protestant, though more than half the population are believed to practice voodoo, a religion with roots in Africa.

Many Haitians have turned to God for an explanation of their impoverished country's worst catastrophe in living memory, which has killed up to 200,000 people.

"This increases our faith, despite everything. He (God) has protected us," said Dania Aly, 22.

A blind man strummed a guitar and sang softly.

"I am singing for my country, for the razed presidential palace, for the razed justice palace, for my dead father, my dead sister," he sang.

"What has happened to Haiti I can't put into words. There aren't enough tears for all my sorrow."


Reuters

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