Post by kittyclub2005 on Jan 16, 2010 15:47:54 GMT -5
Wyclef Arrives In Haiti To Assist Relief Efforts In Wake Of 7.0 Earthquake, Asks For Donations
Haitian born rapper Wyclef Jean arrived in his homeland Wednesday to help victims of the 7.0 earthquake that devastated the country Tuesday. The destruction caused by the earthquake has reportedly killed tens of thousands of people.
Streets are filled with piles of bodies and demolished buildings.
Jean immediately urged the US to consider the disaster a state of emergency. He also asked Haitians based in the US to speak out for their country.
"There are 4 million Haitians that are outside of Haiti," Wyclef told CNN's Anderson Cooper Tuesday night. "So I think this is time for the Diaspora, the Haitians that are outside of Haiti, to step up. Call their congressman, and say we need a state of emergency for our country."
The Grammy award winning artist said this tragedy is especially bad for the country that experienced a catastrophic hurricane in 2008. "We just came from the hurricane," Wyclef said. "It seems like it's a disaster after a disaster."
Wyclef, who has long supported Haiti through his Yele Foundation, is asking people to make $5 donations to help the nation by texting the word Yele to the number 501501.