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Posted: Saturday, October 13, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 9:18 am, Fri May 3, 2013.

School teacher Darlene Derosier lost her home in the 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti. Her husband died a month later after suffering what she said was emotional trauma from the quake. She and her two daughters now live in tents outside the capital of Port-au-Prince, surrounded by thousands of others made homeless and desperate by the disaster.

What’s helped pull her through all the grief, she said, has been her faith, but not of the Catholic, Protestant or even Voodoo variety that have predominated in this island country. Instead, she’s converted to a new religion here, Islam, and built a small neighborhood mosque of cinderblocks and plywood, where some 60 Muslims pray daily.

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