Coldplay Join Haiti Appeal

Chris Martin appeals for help

Coldplay singer Chris Martin has urged members of the public to donate to charities working to aid earthquake victims in Haiti.

Haiti is one of the most unique counties in the Caribbean. Dominated by freed slaves the county earned its independence from imperial powers in the early 19th century, sparking a unique culture.

One of the poorest countries in the region Haiti has a unique musical blend, merging new American led styles with tradition African derived techniques.

Tragically, Haiti was struck by an enormous earthquake on Tuesday (January 12th). Measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale the huge earthquake has toppled buildings and unearthed power lines across the country.

Killing thousands across the island, help is flooding into the stricken country. However more aid is still needed with Coldplay singer Chris Martin urging fans to donate to Oxfam, who are currently sending workers to the island.

“I visited Haiti with Oxfam a few years ago. It’s a country of extreme poverty and brutal living conditions. Most people in Port-au-Prince live in tin shacks. The earthquake that has struck Haiti will have turned the city into an unimaginable hell. The people of Haiti will be desperate for help and assistance.”

In a statement Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis has echoed Chris Martin’s sentiments. “I visited Haiti with Oxfam in 2002 and it’s the poorest place I’ve ever been by a long way,” she explained.

“It seems doubly unfair that it should be hit by such a devastating earthquake, especially after the hurricanes of the last two years. They do not have the resources needed to cope with a disaster of this scale, that is what makes this so much worse.”

To donate to Oxfam visit their official website HERE.

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