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Wyclef Jean lends voice to Haiti earthquake cause

Wyclef Jean
Jean has urged the international community to "rise to the occasion"

Haitian-born rap star Wyclef Jean has urged fans to donate to relief efforts in the wake of the huge earthquake that struck the Caribbean state on Tuesday.

"Your money will help with relief efforts," he wrote on micro-blogging site Twitter. "They need our help - please help if you can."

The former Fugees star has since said he is now on his way to the Caribbean state, via the Dominican Republic.

"Pray for the people of Haiti [and] me please," he posted.

Jean, 37, was made a roving ambassador for Haiti in 2007 and provides humanitarian aid and assistance through his Yele Haiti foundation.

'Unprecedented proportion'

Thousands are feared dead after the 7.0-magnitude quake, which struck south of the capital, Port-au-Prince, on Tuesday.

On his website, Jean said Haiti had suffered "a natural disaster of unprecedented proportion... unlike anything the country has ever experienced.

"I cannot stress enough what a human disaster this is, and idle hands will only make this tragedy worse."

The singer, who gained fame as a member of hip-hop trio The Fugees, was born in Haiti in 1972 but moved with his family to New York when he was nine.

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