DEVASTATION: The Haiti earthquake continues to affect the lives of thousands of islanders
RAPPER AKALA, calypsonian legend Alexander D Great and reggae producer Dennis Bovell are among the star names who will be performing at a major event to help the people of Haiti.
Haiti: Year Zero + 2 is set to take place at the TUC’s Congress House, in London, today (January 12). The event will raise funds for Haitians who were affected by the massive earthquake which devastated the west coast of the island on January 12, 2010.
The earthquake caused major damage in the capital Port au Prince. According to the Haitian government, 316,000 people died and over a million people were made homeless.
A number of aid agencies described it as the world’s worst humanitarian disaster in 65 years.
SUPPORT: Rapper Akala
Mario Gousse from Haiti First, Haiti Now said he hoped the Haiti: Year Zero + 2 would go some way towards keeping the plight of Haitian people in the public eye.
He echoed the views of the organisers of the benefit when he said: “While charities have collected billions globally that disaster continues to this day: 600,000 people are still living under tents and tarpaulins, 6,300 have died of the cholera introduced by UN troops.
“There has been an epidemic of rape. And hundreds of thousands now face illegal eviction from their squalid camps. We should be angry. We should be actively supporting the demand for reparations."
“This event will help more people to understand more of the reality.”
The event is in two parts. Part one, from 4pm-6.30pm, will offer attendees information on some of the key political and humanitarian issues facing Haitians through books and information stalls, films and photographic exhibitions. The second part is the concert in which Akala and Dennis Bovell will perform.
The Global Afrikan Congress is among the organisations that are backing the event.