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Indian peacekeepers in Haiti keep up spirits with celebrations

One month after the devastating earthquake hit Haiti, Indian peacekeepers remain heavily engaged in performing their task to beef up security in the tiny Caribbean nation while keeping up their spirits by celebrating all major festivals and hosting cultural events.

world Updated: Feb 14, 2010 11:02 IST

One month after the devastating earthquake hit Haiti, Indian peacekeepers remain heavily engaged in performing their task to beef up security in the tiny Caribbean nation while keeping up their spirits by celebrating all major festivals and hosting cultural events.

The 140-strong Indian contingent of the paramilitary Central Industrial Security Force did not lose any of its member in the natural disaster.

The group expeditiously carried out relief efforts as aid from outside, in the early days, could not reach the poor nation fast.

After a gruelling month, the team is keeping up its spirits with a host of cultural activities and religious celebrations -- the latest one being Shivratri.

"We do religious celebrations for all major celebrations in India," Shrikant Kishore, chief of the Indian police team, told PTI. Since October, the peacekeepers have organised festivities for Diwali, Eid and Christmas.

The Indian contingent has also created a make-shift temple near their base. In the middle, stands a statute of Lord Shiva, made out of concrete by a jawan who previously served in Haiti.

On Shivratri, some of the Indian peacekeepers were out on the night-time patrol but others gathered at the temple to sing 'bhajans'.