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Darlene Derosier, 43, a Muslim convert since the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, posts a sign explaining Islamic cleansing rituals for prayer at the Al-Fattah Mosque in Gressier. The tradition of constant washing, she said, helps Muslims avoid cholera. (Associated Press)

Darlene Derosier, 43, a Muslim convert since the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, posts a sign explaining Islamic cleansing rituals for prayer at the Al-Fattah Mosque in Gressier. The tradition of constant washing, she said, helps Muslims avoid cholera. (Associated Press)

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