Sean Penn Says World Failed Haiti
Actor and activist Sean Penn said he was very disappointed with the world. Penn spoke on Friday in France at the Cannes Film Festival saying how disappointed he was that more had not been done for Haiti following the devastating earthquake that hit the Caribbean nation more than two years ago.
His talk came just before a huge fundraiser that was to benefit three different charities working in Haiti. Penn said everyone in general had let the country down. Even President Obama, he said had not done what he could have as president. Penn said Obama should help the newly inaugurated president of Haiti Michel Martelly.
Penn says that one of the reasons no one has continued to help Haiti is because no one was really committed from the start. Penn is the founder of J/P Haitian Relief and is arguably the most prominent person helping Haiti since the earthquake in January of 2010.
At this time, over 500,000 Haitians are still displaced by the 2010 earthquake that took the lives of over 250,000 people. Penn, who was the head of the jury at the festival, has made his second home in Haiti since he first arrived there less than a week after the quake hit. He was recently named as the country’s first ambassador at large that is non-Haitian.
Many have praised Penn for his work on the screen, but many more are in awe of what he has done for Haiti. Regardless of how much praise he receives, he still has harsh words for his industry and the world in general for turning their back on Haiti.