Wyclef Releases Official Statement on Earthquake in Haiti

A devastating earthquake struck the island of Haiti around 5 p.m. yesterday [January 12]. Haitian-born rapper Wyclef Jean, who has led many efforts in the country before, released a statement this morning to discuss conditions on the Caribbean nation and what Americans need to do to support its people in the aftermath of this catastrophe.

“Haiti faced a natural disaster of unprecedented proportion, an earthquake unlike anything the country has ever experienced,” he said. “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 is encouraging people to donate to the Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund. Donations can be made by visiting the official Web site for the relief fund, Yele.org, or by sending “Yele” in a text message to 501501, which will automatically donate $5 on your behalf (the charge will appear on your cell phone bill). —Brooklyne Gipson

Watch Wyclef speak on the catastrophe on CNN below

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  • Gift

    this is unfortunate. Another situation for the U.S. to put forth a helping hand. SMH. hopefully we will handle this better than we did hurrican Katrina.

    • http://XXLmag.com PerfectPoints357

      You right Gift this is a very unfortunate tragedy and my heart and prayers go out to all those in Haiti and those with loved ones there. But you hit the nail Square on the head. We as a nation can mobilize in hours to reach out to another nation but could do nothing for our own citizens right here in our own boarders but i will not whip a dead horse we all know how it went.

  • these posts are racist

    Sad, i hope the world swings into action. But Wyclef is not the US Amassador to Haiti.

  • sealsaa

    @ TPAR

    You just saved me a Google search.

  • http://www.bboycult.com $ykotic/Don McCaine

    The craziest thing is I was watching the History Channel show about America’s Crumbling Infrastructure when I heard about Haiti.

    Like the show was going into deep details about quakes so I could visualize what happened on that island with a poorer infrastructure than our cities.

    • these posts are racist

      There are no functioning hospitals man. Basically hundreds of thousands dead/stranded/injured with no hope.

    • http://www.bboycult.com $ykotic/Don McCaine

      I know I’m watching the news now. I’ma text that # in a minute and donate.

      I advise others to lend a hand as well.

  • DownSouth

    Man this is tragic. I am going to donate to help them. I wonder are the people who want billions dead happy about this.


  • http://www.bboycult.com $ykotic/Don McCaine

    And a big FAIL for the hustler’s getting their “Haiti-Aid” scams popping right now…

  • mr.martin

    Hip hop world let’s mobilize and do something, show our generation cares.

  • http://www.datpiff.com/Tragedy_tha_Beast_Infamous_of_Black_Table_Commit.m65331.html ThaBeastWithin

    wow. RIP (Rest In Paradise) to everyone that lost their life due to this unfortunate disaster. everyone that survived or have friends/family that survived PLEASE stay strong because the struggle gets greater later. Also, my heart goes out to anyone trapped in the wreckage that can’t be saved @ the moment.

  • Ya Boy

    Man I don’t wanna know what Wyclef has 2 say.. I wanna know what JA RULE thinks of all this!

  • http://www.jango.com/music/EmCDL EmCDL

    Man I texted to that number but it wouldn’t go thru…

  • http://crownthesouth.com A-Game

    Big ups to Wyclef for this…

  • caino

    looks like there is more dead, half a mil, than the Tsunami of 2006 (1/4 mil) which is scary!!

    l know l’m gonna get a lot of hate here, but l never donate to those funds etc, as l never actually believe that the money goes to the people that need it! especially with a txt number, l always think phone companie takes like 50%, company running fund takes 40% actual aid to people in need 10% !!

  • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com Tony Grands

    Nah, no hate caino. Lots of people probably share that sentiment. I’m very cautious about donations. I don’t even trust Jerry’s Kids these days.

    I salute Wyclef, mainly because he’s been thoroughly representing Haiti all his career, shouting it out in between those wack juice raps. But he’s a stand up guy for calling the necessary attention to the situation. Sad part is, Americans generally don’t care about people in need in there own neighborhoods, word to PP357. This is part of the reason the world views this country as such a douche factory. If I donate anywhere though, it’ll be through Clef’s organization. Which brings me to my next point….

    What’s really good with this Won-G character? I’ve heard of him (or maybe I’m confusing him with “Ron G”), but it sure seems like this nigga was waiting on something like this to happen. Why does the media keep highlighting the fact that he’s a “rapper from Haiti?” Where do they sell his records. Today, he could Gulliani, “Gulliano.” I don’t know, it’s just something about dudes who stress certain aspects in certain situations that smells like fish to me.

    Either way, God bless Haiti. Dallas Penn has a very informative post as to the trials & tribulations of Haiti. Y’all should check it.


  • 11KAP

    God bless the brothers and sisters down there. One Love.

  • Caino

    Sup Tony!

    Yeah l’m from the UK and we , or me dont understand how Obama can pledge 61 million to haiti yet leave places like Baltimore, New Orleans, Parts of Chicago to rot. Countries need to help there own people!!

    l hope Haiti get the help they need tho, god knows they need it after Papa Doc and baby Doc!!

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