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Wyclef Jean sobs over Haiti quake

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Jean has has just returned from the Carribean country

Haitian-born musician Wyclef Jean broke down in tears during a press conference when speaking about the earthquake that struck Haiti last week.

"I want all Haitian people to listen to this. I do not cry for myself, I cry for all the Haitian people," he said.

The star also denied taking money from his own charity, The Yele Haiti Foundation, for personal gain.

I never, and would never, take money for my personal pocket when it comes to Yele," he said.

Evacuation

"I, myself, have put a million dollars inside of my own foundation, so not only I denounce all of that, I'm disgusted by that," he added.

"My dad always told me, if you're a man with a clear conscience, speak with a clear conscience and the world will know," he said.

"Have we made mistakes before? Yes. Did I ever use Yele money for personal benefit? Absolutely not."

Jean also called on residents to evacuate the country's capital, Port-au-Prince, to allow aid to reach them.

The singer, who has just returned from the Caribbean country, said: "Port-au-Prince is a morgue."

Jean wants to create a tent city outside the capital and has called for help and donations.

"We need to migrate at least two million people," he said.

"I give you my word, if I tell them to go, they will go. But they need somewhere to go to."

It is thought up to 200,000 people might have died in the disaster, which struck last Tuesday.

At the weekend rescuers were still finding people alive, however at least 70,000 people have already had burials.

The US military has begun airdropping food and water supplies into the area.



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