Wyclef Jean Releases Statement
This morning, a day after the island of Haiti was rocked by an earthquake which took the lives of close to 100,000 and counting, hip-hop superstar Wyclef Jean released a statement about the situation in his homeland.
"Haiti today faced a natural disaster of unprecedented proportion, an earthquake unlike anything the country has ever experienced,â€ the former member of The Fugees began. "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."
Using Twitter as a platform, Jean is urging all affected by this tragedy donate $5 to YÃ©le Haiti, his Haitian charity, by texting "YELE" to 501501.
"We must act now," Jean continues. "President Obama has already said that the U.S. stands â€˜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.â€
Check the video of Wyclef discussing the developments with Anderson Cooper on CNN: