Wyclef Jean speaks on anniversary of Katrina
August 25th, 2010
01:52 PM ET

Wyclef Jean speaks on anniversary of Katrina

Wyclef Jean may not be able to run for president of Haiti, but the musician is still focused on raising awareness on Haiti's continued efforts to rebuild.

So in response to the upcoming anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Jean released a statement Wednesday that acknowledges the post-Katrina devastation New Orleans has suffered as well as the wreckage Haiti is still digging through after a disastrous earthquake in January, 2010.

“The destruction that Katrina caused really struck home for me–so many brothers and sisters lost, and so many lives shattered,” Jean said in the statement.

“I see a corollary to the vast destruction of the earthquake that Port-au-Prince suffered just seven months ago: Like the people of the Gulf Coast, my countrymen in Haiti have been forced to witness more despair than anyone should have to bear,” he went on. “And in New Orleans, as it is in Haiti, so much of the loss was suffered by those who had little to begin with.”

Jean noted that the Crescent City is still rebuilding five years after the hurricane, and many are coming together to aid in the effort. “I’m so inspired by the scores of people–and companies–who have stepped in, and are still stepping in, to show their support for those who continue to struggle to get their lives back to ‘normal,'" Jean said.

“There is probably more rebuilding in this one week in New Orleans than there has been in Haiti in the seven months since the earthquake struck,” he added. “The corporate sponsors helping to redevelop New Orleans reinforces my thought that Haiti must be re-opened for business–and soon.”

The former Fugee closed his statement with blessings and a request for prayer:

“God bless the New Orleans natives who are still fighting to rebuild their neighborhoods, and their lives," he said, "and I ask all of them to say a prayer, in turn, for the Haitians who are still fighting to survive in my homeland.”

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  22. taylynn21

    Thank you everyone for your love of New Orleans! KEEP PRAYING!


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  23. Cain

    Abel..are you serious posting your cell # ?....not a good idea.Alot of us like Wyclef,his music & efforts to help & rebuild but posting a phone # is a no-no.Peace !

    August 26, 2010 at 6:28 am | Report abuse |
  24. Kolapo Olawale A

    I believe Wyclef Jean is God sent to Haiti, let give him the chance as the next president of Haiti. Mind you he is rich and he is not after Haiti money. He has come to build Haiti not to steal thier money. President Wyclef Jean please when you get there make us proud and let the world know that you are talented and gifted. Long life Wyclef Jean, Long life Haiti.

    August 25, 2010 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  25. abel faroul

    I think if clef can't really run for president the only thing I can say HAITI just miss an another opportunity to rebuilt because this sucker they gonna still all the money the going to give HAITI I also believe USA should say something if they really want HAITI rebuilt and prosper . Wyclef jean would the best president haiti ever had I don't know the guy but I know he has a great heart and he loves this country more than anyone please : president obama ;secretary clinton do something before its too late god will pay you back for that ; clef god bless you ! Clef bondye beni ou .kinbe fem pa lage haiti .I live in boston my cell # 781 520 1032

    August 25, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |

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