Voodoo sacrifices on national holiday in Benin

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A devotee dances at the annual voodoo festival in Ouidah January 10, 2016. The national voodoo holiday in the West African country of Benin had a distinctively political accent this year as practitioners from Africa and the Americas gathered on Sunday to offer prayers and sacrifices for peace. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye.

A devotee dances at the annual voodoo festival in Ouidah January 10, 2016. The national voodoo holiday in the West African country of Benin had a distinctively political accent this year as practitioners from Africa and the Americas gathered on Sunday to offer prayers and sacrifices for peace. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye.

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Hundreds of followers of the traditional religion gathered in Ouidah, once an important port in the slave trade, to pray for calm during the tiny country's presidential election next month.