"He went there for vacation and he just went there at the wrong time. Three days with no food and no water and a whole week without being under a roof sleeping outside. Just madness. He was telling my mother about the stench and how it smells of death on the streets. It's just a terrible catastrophe."
-Singer, Lady Gaga opening act and Haitian-American Jason Derulo, talking about his uncle Carrefour Fequidre, who was visiting Haiti when the catastrophic 7.0 earthquake shook the island nation last week. Fequidre was visiting Port-au-Prince when the quake hit, and Derule says the experience has changed his uncle profoundly. "He just came into the States and he cannot stop crying," he told MTV News' Jocelyn Vena via telephone earlier today. "He's back in Miami now and my mom said he cannot stop crying. He's fine, but he's seen so much — to see children lying dead on the floor, it must be horrific, unexplainable."
Since the tragedy, Derulo has been actively raising money for UNICEF with a handful of club shows and is grateful not only for his uncle's safety but also the outpouring of support for Haiti. "I'm really proud how the celebrities have kind of come together, especially Wyclef. I mean, he's always been very, very instrumental in charities for Haiti, but he has really, really stepped up," he said. "I mean, going there and carrying dead bodies personally, it says so much about a person. He deserves to be looked up to — that's a heroic act."
Head here to learn more about what you can do to help with earthquake-relief efforts in Haiti, and for more information, see Think MTV. Join George Clooney and Wyclef Jean for MTV's "Hope for Haiti" telethon, airing commercial-free Friday, January 22, at 8 p.m. ET.