Wyclef Jean has given a statement after a major earthquake, measuring 7.0 on the richter scale, hit his homeland Haiti. 3 Million people are reported to have been affected by the disaster and casualities are expected to be high. Official representatives for the Haitian consul in New York fear that it could be several days before anybody truly can gauge the scale of the devastation.
Humanitarian and Hip Hop musician Wyclef stated yesterday:
“Haiti today faced a natural disaster of unprecedented proportion, an earthquake unlike anything the country has ever experienced.
The magnitude 7.0 earthquake – and several very strong aftershocks – struck only 10 miles from Port-au-Prince.
I cannot stress enough what a human disaster this is, and idle hands will only make this tragedy worse. The over 2 million people in Port-au-Prince tonight face catastrophe alone. We must act now.
President Obama has already said that the U.S. stands ‘ready to assist’ the Haitian people. The U.S. Military is the only group trained and prepared to offer that assistance immediately. They must do so as soon as possible. The international community must also rise to the occasion and help the Haitian people in every way possible.”
Wyclef’s charity Yele Haiti are currently asking those interested to please do one of two things: Either text “Yele” to 501501, which will automatically donate $5 to the Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund (the amount will be charged to your mobile phone bill), or for those outside the US please visit Yele.org and click on DONATE.
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Our hearts go out to those affected by the earthquake, hopefully between us all we can truly make a difference and relieve some of the suffering.
Please go to yele.org and DONATE now
For more information on Yele Haiti you can either visit yele.org or read my recent Wyclef interview, where he explained some of the ideals and goals of the charity in depth.