By D.L. Chandler
One year ago today, Haiti suffered one of the most devastating human tragedies of the 21st Century. An earthquake struck the small country in which 200,000 people perished and well over one million citizens were left homeless.
“Today marks the day when it all happened, so the streets … it looks like a ghost town out here,” Wyclef observed.
Haiti’s native son and recording artist Wyclef Jean called into New York City’s Power 105.1 morning show, with Angela Yee, DJ Envy and Charlamane, from his homeland where rebuilding efforts are slowly taking place. The former Fugee leader spoke on a variety of topics including the global unity shown in helping Haiti recover from the quake, being friendly with estranged Fugee members Praz and Lauryn Hill and addressing some of the controversy surrounding Clef’s non-profit Yéle Haiti Foundation.
“It’s [been] a year, [and] there’s been 1.2 million people living in tents,” he said. “The progress of what’s supposed to happen is moving within turtle formation. We need to start allocating some of these funds so we all can get to work.”
The entertainer spoke briefly about reuniting with Praz en route to Haiti and chronicled the union via a photo posted via ’Clef’s Twitter account and his relationship with Ms. Hill, but didn’t offer any indication on whether a group reconciliation could happen.
“I always say whenever it’s like a Fugee argument, everyone should really stay out of it,” ’Clef said. “If me and Praz and Lauryn [are] in one place, the argument would more be with the fans than with us. So when I see Praz, it’s still like seeing my little brother from Newark.”
Amid reports that his Yéle Haiti Foundation was facing financial woes along with some reported issues with the IRS, Wyclef staunchly defended his organization.
“Yéle Haiti is a grassroots organization. What I knew was one year later the proof would be in the pudding,” he said. “Right now, for everybody that was going hard on Yéle, I encourage you to go up on the site and you will see that we are perhaps one of the only foundations at this time that can show you proof of where your money went.”
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