Wyclef Jean travelled to his native Haiti today to lend a helping hand after the devastaing earthquake in the impoverished country, and he also urged swift action by the U.S. military and international aid groups.
After appearing on CNN, he said in a statement, “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 Yele.org and click on DONATE.”
He also has a Twitter stream for help.
Hollywood is preparing for the Golden Globes on Sunday, and organizers of some events surrounding the ceremony are mindful of the image of glitterati partying at a time of such a great tragedy. One of the “gifting suites,” at the House of Blues, is now devoted to “Hollywood Helping Haiti,” with the gift bags being auctioned off for Haitian relief. And mentions will almost certainly be made of the tragendy at the ceremony itself.