PORT-AU-PRINCE (AFP) – Haitian native Wyclef Jean spent Thursday clearing bodies from the streets of Port-au-Prince, as he called for the government to impose a state of emergency and warned of impending chaos.
Jean, who became famous as a front-man for the superstar Fugees hip hop group, has long been active in promoting Haiti’s development, but that focus has shifted markedly to disaster relief in the wake of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake.
Describing conditions in the Haitian capital as “the apocalypse,” he said Haiti needed to raise a million dollars a day to survive.
“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,” he told Fox News.
“The count is not 100,000 there’s at least, has to be four to five hundred thousand people that is about to die.”
Born near Port-au-Prince, Jean has raised money through his Yele Haiti charity since 2005.
“We have to raise a million dollars a day. In four or five days, this whole country is going to be in chaos. We are calling for a state of emergency,” he said.
“We are calling for a state of emergency please President (Barack) Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton… we have to do something for this country.”
The following video from Fox was posted on YouTube: