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Category: Religious News
Haiti and Islam
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Islam has won a growing number of followers in Haiti since the earthquake two years ago that killed some 300,000 people and left millions more homeless. The disaster drew in aid groups from around the world, including Islamic Relief USA.
A capital where church attendance is so prevalent that the streets echo with Christian hymns on Sundays now has at least five mosques, a Muslim parliament member and a nightly local television program devoted to Islam.
A 2009 study by the Pew Research Center on the world's Muslim population estimated that Haiti had about 2,000 devotees. Islamic leaders in the country insist the figure is now much higher and growing.
The decision to convert has made some targets of discrimination. The Haitian government doesn't recognize Islam as an official religion, nor does it honor Muslim marriages.