The same day I sent out a blast about my recent post Yelé Haiti, I received a note from a reader who asked if I had seen this? I had not seen the tax papers or even heard the accusations about Wyclef Jean’s non-profit NGO. But as soon as I read it I quickly responded:
Oh no I didn’t …so disappointing. Well I hope he does right now in the face of such horrific disaster. His organization cannot be worse than The Red Cross who has squandered billions post-9/11, Katrina and Tsunami donations. It’s sad to say but at this point, it’s a matter of who and what is the least corrupt.
Whether it was true or not, I thought the timing of Smoking Gun was shady and unfortunate. It smelled like sabotage to me. People are dying under slabs of concrete. Bodies are rotting in the street– bodies that Clef and his wife, Claudinette, helped move and bury. Smoking Gun could not have dug this up last year or in ’06 when he brought Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt to Haiti to show them and, (through the craziness of the paparazzi), the world the plight of Haitian peoples. Now that his organization is raising money, and in fact for the first few days, more money than The Red Cross, they want to scream fraud. If the Smoking Gun or any other entity wants to investigate financial statements, please show me the paperwork and record keeping of The Red Cross. They received millions, if not billions, after 9-11 and post-Katrina and so much of that money disappeared only later to be found in bonus checks of the then President and other execs of the organization. So spare me. I have faith in Clef more now than ever. You cannot lift and touch the bloated and lifeless bodies of children and babies and not want to do the right thing. He is Haitian. He comes from the same suffering and the same streets and the same spirit of resilience. These are his people. Ayiti! I believe Yelé Haiti will be in Port-Au-Prince, Petit-Goave, Jacmel, et. al long after CNN, The Red Cross, and Bill Clinton have moved on. Now with prayer and supplication I move forward.