by David Blair
The corpse of a young man, bloodied by bullet wounds, lay on Boulevard Truman in the centre of Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital, a few hundred yards from a rag-tag camp for the homeless.
Why this man was killed is unknown, but a deeply ingrained belief in the occult can explain some of the sporadic outbreaks of violence among the 690,000 people left on the streets by the earthquake of January 12.
By night, mythical creatures are said to prowl the camps, snatching and murdering children. Many Haitians are convinced that people possessed by evil spirits turn into wolves after dark, a version of the werewolf legend.These “loups-garoux”, or “wolf-men”, are thought to be preying on defenceless people sleeping in the open.
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