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Thursday, January 14th, 2010 at 9:30 am  |  23 responses

Samuel Dalembert Talks About Haiti

With a heavy heart, Sammy D — whose foundation is doing all it can to help victims of the earthquake — offers his thoughts on his home country: “He’s still reeling from Tuesday’s horrific news that hundreds of thousands of people are reported dead after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake decimated his home country of Haiti. The pictures on television are bone-chilling: dead bodies lying in the street, buildings crumpled to the ground and overall shots of mass destruction. The views of his country are almost surreal. ‘It’s so tough because I’m here and there hasn’t been much I can do,’ Dalembert said. ‘I’ve been trying to reach family, friends and other people to know to see if they’re OK. But Haiti isn’t like here. Getting a hold of people isn’t always that easy. Knowing what has happened, it’s even harder. I basically feel helpless.’ Dalembert found out about the tragic occurrence after a friend left a message on his cell phone Tuesday afternoon. Thankfully, he learned via e-mail that his father is alive. Dalembert also has a 16-year-old sister and a 15-year-old brother along with a number of other relatives. His grandmother, Hypromene Charle, mother and another sister live in Florida.”

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  • http://theurbangriot.com/ NUPE

    This is truly a sad event. My prayers are with the people of Haiti.

  • Hussman25

    I beat sam up for his play from time to time, but right now all that goes out the window for him… Pray for Haiti every1!

  • http://dsjfhklf.com Jukai

    I have a friend who was lucky enough to contact her mother and grandmother, but she still has two sisters she can’t get in contact with. I’m not a religious man, but my thoughts and prayers certainly go out to those in Haiti. I’ve donated what I can, and you certainly should too.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Horrendous. I thought of Sammy right away (and my friend’s family there, and all the people, really). Absolutely tragic. Besides the Dalembert Foundation, links to other reputable relief organizations you might want to donate money to can be found on the left side of this cnn.com page: http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/americas/01/13/haiti.aid.response/index.html

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  • ENDS

    Not to be a jerk but I seriously thought he was Canadian

  • Sparker

    he grew up in montreal (which has a large haitian community) and played for the canadian national team, so don’t sweat it

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Yea he was born in Haiti but grew up in Montreal. It’s like Steve Nash, who was born in South Africa.

  • realD

    DO WHAT YOU CAN DONATE $5 TO “YELE” WYCLEF’S JEAN CHARITY THERE’S A LOT OF CHARITIES OUT THERE DO WHAT YOU CAN $5 IS NOTHING TO US AND IT’S SO SIMPLE IF EVERY ONE DOES IT.

  • J-RO

    Hey does anyone know if I can donate from my phone by sending a text?

  • http://www.twitter.com/Th3_R3al_Chris Th3_R3al_Chris

    Already donated to ‘Clef’s charity (J-Ro: The $5 will apparently appear on your next phone bill). The most disappointing thing about this all is that a 7.2 earthquake was predicted as imminent to hit Port-Au Prince in October, 2008 in a published magazine as researched by a geologist and former college professor. Much like Katrina, casualties could have been avoided here had the government taken heed to these warning signs.

  • http://www.twitter.com/Th3_R3al_Chris Th3_R3al_Chris

    To donate the money to Clef’s foundation you have to text YELE to 501501

  • Illydiva

    From what I hear, Wyclef is already on the ground in Haiti doing work, so I think his charity would be an excellent choice.

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com Dutch Rich

    One thing I want to mention is the number of casualties stated which is premature. From what I know many of the deceased will most likely be women and children, people that were in their homes when it happened. Most of the poor live in structures on the hillsides around the capital. Most of them will have perished, crumbled into the ravines. My wife is Haitian American and her stepfather has lost 5 family members so far. Most of them live in a well off area in houses built on a hill. They were all crushed.
    Rescue crews are stepping in now and will save many that are stuck under ruble, but those might not make it eventually due to their injuries. Makeshift clinics are needed fast. I encourage everyone to make donations large and small. Text to 501501 and enter yele for a $5 donation.

  • Nigel

    He didn’t move to Canada until he was 14. So He does have an emotional connection to them.

  • Nigel

    He didn’t move to Canada until he was 14. So He does have an emotional connection to them.

  • reald

    HAITI NEEDS YOUR HELP DONATE TO WYCLEF JEANS FUND YELE “YELE” TO 501501 OR HIS WEBSITE(yele.org). $5 THATS NOTHIN TAKE THE TIME HAITI NEEDS YOUR HELP

  • MikeC.

    If any posters are Canadian, and want to help out, TELUS Mobility has organized a campaign selling their popular stuffed animal ‘critters’, with 100% of proceeds going to the Haitian cause. Just today, $5,000+ has been raised by stores with community support. For every dollar raised by the stores, TELUS corporate will match dollar for dollar. It’s a great cause and your donation will be matched.

  • _

    It pisses me off when peaople write “pray for..”

    Stop with your meaningless praying and focus your
    energy on helping instead.
    Praying to a god that you believe trashed the country in the first place.. makes sense?

  • PhillyPeeps

    Dear Sam, my prayers are with you and your family at this tragic time. Philadelphia loves you, and feels your pain. I wish you and your family the very best. Peace my brother.

  • J-RO

    Thanx Chris.

  • StatusTheKing

    My man “underscore” is absolutely right! All the churchies in the world need to heed his statement. I’ve never so enthusiastically co-signed anyone’s comment before!
    Stop offerring “prayers” to your imaginary friends, and get involved. BE the change you want to see, in the world, and STOP praying for some make believe guy in the clouds to do it for you!

    _ Posted: Jan.15 at 5:00 am
    It pisses me off when peaople write “pray for..” Stop with your meaningless praying and focus your energy on helping instead.
    Praying to a god that you believe trashed the country in the first place.. makes sense?

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne
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