August 09, 2010 03:03:58 GMT
'I'd rather die trying to achieve something than die doing nothing,' the former Fugees star says, refusing to let the danger stop him from campaigning.
Rapper Wyclef Jean fears the "possibility" of his assassination in Haiti's slums as he campaigns to become president of his native country. The former Fugees star recently announced his launch for office and is preparing to begin traveling into the slums and camps of Haiti to win votes.
Jean admits he worries for his safety because the impoverished country has a history of political violence and he will be protected at all times by a dozen bodyguards. But he refuses to let the danger stop him from campaigning.
Jean says, "You have two choices - either sit back thinking of the danger or do something to move your country forward. Assassination is always a possibility but I'd rather die trying to achieve something than die doing nothing... I'm telling you right now, brother, I'm going to fight for the rights of the Haitian people so they can get their justice."
"At times, to be honest, I think, 'What am I doing?' But I can hear the voice of youth drafting me. When I'm on the ground, they say to me, 'Clef, you're our last hope.' They feel close to me because I speak their language." Jean was born in Haiti but moved to the U.S. when he was nine.
In another news, Wyclef Jean laid out detailed changes he will make to Haiti's economy if he's successful in his bid for the country's presidency - he wants to give power to the people by increasing farming. Jean wants to encourage people to move out of the capital city of Port-au-Prince and to start farming communities in the countryside where locals can support themselves.
He explains, "Each village would be associated with a different food - mango village, sugar cane village. If you can provide a job opportunity and a home for people you can start to decentralize Port-au-Prince. The Fugees star will also emphasis education because "until you learn to read and write, it's called modern slavery".
He adds, "There's nowhere to go but up in Haiti right now, because everywhere you look there's disaster. So the first thing you do is engage education and job creation."