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The 7.0 earthquake that struck Haiti yesterday, toppling homes, hospitals and power lines, has left thousands presumed dead and has prompted calls for help from famous names far and wide. In a statement, former Fugees member Wyclef Jean, 40, declared the quake a natural disaster of “unprecedented proportion ... unlike anything the country has ever experienced."
Eighty percent of Haiti's population lives under the poverty line, according to the CIA World Factbook; the island nation is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and among the poorest in the world.
“Idle hands will only make this tragedy worse,” the Haitian-born musician and activist continued, “We must act now.”
In a joint statement, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt said, "We are devastated by the news from Haiti. We will work closely with our good friend Wyclef Jean to support the humanitarian efforts on the island and help those who have been injured and left without homes and shelter."
The pleas from Jean, Jolie, and Pitt resonated throughout Hollywood as other celebs spoke out on Twitter today, urging fans and followers to lend a hand.
Lindsay Lohan's tweet reads: Anyone that may be listening, attention: Call 1884074747 State Dept for Haitian Relief. Please help them . . . I know I will as much as I can.
Ryan Seacrest appealed to his Twitter followers: If u haven't seen this yet, easy to help. Text "HAITI" to 90999 to donate $10 to @RedCross relief efforts in Haiti.
Ben Stiller twittered words of support: People in Haiti need our help and attention right now.
And Adam Lambert asked fans on Twitter to join UNICEF's relief effort: Please, everyone donate even the smallest of what you can. We are so fortunate. Let us give where truly needed. www.unicefusa.org/haitiquake
On his blog, Wyclef Jean asks the public to make donations via phone or Internet. "Many people have already reached out to see what they can do right now,” he wrote. “Either you can use your cell phone to text 'Yele' to 501501, which will automatically donate $5 to the Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund (it will be charged to your cell phone bill), or you can visit www.Yele.org and click on DONATE.”
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