On January 12, 2010, a massive earthquake devastated Wyclef's beloved nation. Just a two-hour flight from Florida, Haiti is the only country to have ever gained independence through a slave rebellion. Centuries of civil war, violence, famine, political corruption and countless natural disasters have wreaked havoc on Haiti, but the country had been on the path to progress.
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After the earthquake, Wyclef went back home with his wife and cousin. What he saw, he says, can only be described by one word: "Apocalypse."
"The best way I can explain it is for you to walk into a city, and the entire city feels like walking into a morgue. Every two blocks, 15 to 16 bodies on the floor," he says. "People running through the city holding their babies in their hands while the baby is dead."