News: Wyclef Jean Breaks Down During Haiti Conference, "I Cry For Them" [Video]
Tuesday, Jan 19, 2010 10:20AM
Rapper Wyclef Jean addressed his emotional trek to Haiti in the aftermath of last week's earthquake during a press conference in New York City yesterday.
Speaking to media, Clef shed tears of sadness and urged people to continue to rally support for Haiti.
"I have asked, the Haitian people on the ground of course is gonna be suffering, frustrated, violence, I tell them that I do not cry for myself," Clef told reporters. "I cry for them. And I told them, just permit us a little time. We gonna be back on the ground on Saturday. And we'll be back on the ground every week until we help the situation. We need to migrate at least two million people in different parts outside of Port-au-Prince -- I give you my word, if I tell them to go, they will go but they need somewhere to go to. So help us work on these tents and as you work on these tents, keep in mind that we're moving into the 21st century of Haiti. Which means beyond the tent, we're working on new communities." (Associated Press)
The disaster has also left rap moguls like Diddy to come forward and express the importance of becoming involved.
"Words can't explain how heavy my heart has been since the earthquake happened, how so much pain I think we've all been in just watching the images, how helpless you feel," Diddy explained in his recording. "Even if you donate, we have to keep donating money, I've donated money, please keep donating money -- this is gonna be a long journey. It's not gonna stop here, news is like what's going on this week. This is something we're gonna have to pay attention to for years. These are people we are gonna have to help for years. We're gonna have to find the passion in our hearts to always be there for them -- let us pray, let us tap into our belief in God, I don't care if you're Muslim, Jewish, Catholic, Protestant, that one God that you believe in, let's give our Haitian brothers and sisters that extra twenty minutes on our knees..." (Diddy's Blog)
Last week, Clef detailed the condition of Haiti after the earthquake occurred.
"The reality here at the airport has nothing to do with what's going on on the ground right now," added Wyclef, who began making urgent pleas for help just hours after the quake struck his native country. "We spent the day picking up dead bodies, all day that's what we did. There's so much bodies in the streets that the morgues are filled up, the cemeteries are filled up. So we participated in picking up the bodies and finding a place that we could put the bodies." (MTV)
Once the disaster hit, the rapper released a statement on the seriousness behind its destruction.
"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." (Statement)
Check out Wyclef Jean's emotional press conference below: