Wyclef Jean on His Homeland Haiti's Devastating 7.0 Earthquake — “We Must Act Now!”

Wed, January 13, 2010 9:32am EDT by 1 Comment

011310_wyclef_jean_544_72698368Wyclef Jean has always been a great advocate for his native Haiti — and he’s pleading with the rest of the world to help in their time of dire need!

Rapper-producer Wyclef Jean was devastated by the 7.0 earthquake that befell Haiti and especially so its capital Port-au-Prince on Tuesday Jan. 12, and he’s appealing to everyone and anyone to help his homeland as it struggles to recover. Here’s the statement he issued last night:

“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.

“Many people have already reached out to see what they can do right now. We are asking those interested to please do one of two things: Either you can use your cell phone to text “Yele” to 501501, which will automatically donate $5 to the Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund (it will be charged to your cell phone bill), or you can visit www.Yele.org and click on DONATE.”