One year ago today, on January 12, 2010, Haiti experienced one of the worst disasters in its troubled history when a 7.0 magnitude earthquake rocked the country to its core. Twenty three seconds of terror later, thousands were buried under the rubble of collapsed buildings, and even more, about 230,000 were killed.
Homelessness, hunger, disease, and danger are what the people of Haiti experienced a year ago, both before and after the earthquake, and they are still struggling with these things today, despite the $1 billion in aide money raised by the international community. A lack of leadership in Haiti and the international organizations wishing to help has slowed aid efforts, and while there are many stories of victory and recovery throughout the country, there is still much to be done.
Wyclef Jean called into The Breakfast Club radio show this morning from the ground in Haiti to give an update on what’s going on in the country, his Yele Haiti foundation, and what people can do to help now. Listen to what he had to say below.
Wyclef speaks on the conditions of Haiti now and making peace with Pras
Wyclef on what can be done now
For the ways you can help, click here. But if nothing else, the least we can do is to never forget the people or plight of Haiti.
Audio source: Rap Radar