Wyclef Jean and Jerry “Wonda” Duplessis have released a documentary chronicling their experiences as co-founders of the nonprofit organization Yele Haiti.
The pair shot “Hours After The Quake: Picking Up The Dead in Search of The Living,” using a handheld camera.
The two founders showcase the plight of the Haitian people in the aftermath of the tragic 7.0 earthquake that devastated Haiti on January 12, 2010.
The documentary sheds light on the ongoing fight to recover from one of the most devastating earthquakes in the history of mankind.
Over 3.5 million people were directly impacted by the natural disaster that killed more than 316,000, injured 300,000, orphaned 1 million children and left another 1.2 million people homeless.
Throughout the documentary, Wyclef calls for a “State of Emergency” and can be seen coming to the aid of dying Haitian residents, as he rides through the streets amidst crumbled buildings and roads.
The documentary shows that Yele Haiti provided 4.3 million gallons of water to Haiti 5 days a week throughout 2010, distributed 98,000 hot meals, 270,000 nutritional bars, and canned goods serving over 200,000 people.
Periods of the movie are graphic in nature, showing dead bodies being removed from the destructed streets during the early periods of the earthquake’s aftermath, .
Despite accusations from the New York Post, that Wyclef’s Yele Haiti organization was improperly using donations received, Wyclef shows that he was in full support of Haiti throughout the crisis, and that he too, was also removing bodies from the street, which were buried in rubble.