Voodoo worshippers in Haiti have held a mass ceremony to honour the hundreds of thousands of people killed in January’s massive earthquake.
It is the first national commemoration since the disaster by the religion, which has had to defend itself against accusations it somehow caused the catastrophe.
Some 10 million Haitians practice voodoo and those at the ceremony held a ‘booroum’, a ritual they believe sends the souls of the dead under water to be cleansed and to return to life as better beings.
Some 300,000 people are now estimated to have died in the quake and Haiti’s government and international donors are due to meet on Wednesday in New York to discuss the massive task of rebuilding the destroyed Caribbean state.
But, while leaders plan reconstruction, aid agencies are urging them not to ignore the immediate needs of more than a million homeless survivors still camped out precariously on the streets.