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A number of celebrities and public figures have spoken out after a powerful earthquake struck Haiti on Saturday.
The 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit as the impoverished nation continues to grapple with the COVID-19 crisis and the recent assassination of its president.
At least 304 people have died, while many more were injured, officials said, and people are scrambling to rescue those trapped in the rubble of collapsed buildings.
Tennis star Naomi Osaka was among the celebrities who shared their support for the people of Haiti as they reel from from the latest disaster. Osaka, whose father is Haitian and mother is Japanese, also pledged to donate her earnings from the Western & Southern Open to support relief efforts.
Naomi Osaka briefly steps away from video news conference in tears
Naomi Osaka broke down in tears and stepped away on Monday from her first news conference since May and first media session since the Tokyo Olympics. Your browser does not support this video Speaking on Zoom to reporters leading into Cincinnati's Western & Southern Open, Osaka was asked by columnist Paul Daugherty from The Cincinnati Enquirer about her relationship with the media. The question began: "You are not crazy about dealing with us, especially in this format. Yet you have a lot of outside interests that are served by having a media platform.
Really hurts to see all the devastation that’s going on in Haiti, and I feel like we really can’t catch a break. I’m about to play a tournament this week and I’ll give all the prize money to relief efforts for Haiti. I know our ancestors blood is strong we’ll keep rising ????????❤️????????— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@naomiosaka) August 14, 2021
As you consider sending money to Haiti do not send money to the Red Cross. I like Fonkoze and Hope for Haiti who do a lot of great work on the ground, with efforts led by Haitian people.— roxane gay (@rgay) August 14, 2021
"Really hurts to see all the devastation that's going on in Haiti, and I feel like we really can't catch a break," Osaka tweeted. 'I'm about to play a tournament this week and I'll give all the prize money to relief efforts for Haiti. I know our ancestors blood is strong we'll keep rising."
Haitian deportees start over in country they don’t recognize
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Claile Bazile doesn’t know where she and her 2-year-old son will stay once they leave the hotel where officials temporarily set aside rooms for some of the hundreds of people streaming into Haiti after being expelled from the U.S. in the past couple of days. The 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck southern Haiti last month and killed more than 2,200 people also destroyed her family’s home. “They’re out on theThe 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck southern Haiti last month and killed more than 2,200 people also destroyed her family’s home.
Haitian-American writer Roxane Gay urged people to avoid making donations to the American Red Cross.
"As you consider sending money to Haiti do not send money to the Red Cross," Gay wrote. "I like Fonkoze and Hope for Haiti who do a lot of great work on the ground, with efforts led by Haitian people."
The charity faced increased scrutiny after an investigation bypublished in 2015 found only six permanent homes had been constructed in Haiti despite the Red Cross collecting almost $500 million dollars in donations after a devastating earthquake in 2010. A congressional inquiry confirmed the charity had spent almost a quarter of the donations—almost $125 million—on its own internal expenses.
I got a soft spot for Haiti and it’s people.They my cousins.I pray for Haiti they go thru soo much????????????????.God please cover that land and it’s people????????— iamcardib (@iamcardib) August 14, 2021
Haiti birth some of the strongest spirits and people I know but now is when we must pray and extend ourselves to the people and Haiti ???????? ????????
Deported Haitians try to rush back into plane amid anger
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Dozens of migrants upset about being deported to Haiti from the U.S. clashed with authorities while trying to rush back into a plane that landed Tuesday afternoon in Port-au-Prince. A security guard closed the plane door just in time as some deportees began throwing shoes at the plane, yelling, “This is abuse!" and “How is this possible?!” The group that included men and women had disembarked from the second of four flights that arrived on Tuesday, with some temporarily losing their belongings in the scuffle as police arrived. Among those trying to get back on the plane was Maxine Orélien, who blamed Haiti's prime minister for the situation.— Yung Rénzél ???? (@RickRoss) August 14, 2021
Praying for #Haiti. So saddened that the Haitian people are grappling with more devastation. pic.twitter.com/Mh37pFoMx0— Be A King (@BerniceKing) August 14, 2021
Cardi B wrote in a tweet: "I got a soft spot for Haiti and it's people. They my cousins. I pray for Haiti they go thru soo much. God please cover that land and it's people."
Bernice King, the daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, wrote: "Praying for #Haiti. So saddened that the Haitian people are grappling with more devastation."
Rapper Rick Ross added: "Haiti birth some of the strongest spirits and people I know but now is when we must pray and extend ourselves to the people and Haiti."
Presidenthas vowed that the U.S. will help support rebuilding efforts in Haiti.
"In what is already a challenging time for the people of Haiti, I am saddened by the devastating earthquake that occurred in Saint-Louis du Sud, Haiti this morning," he said in a statement on Saturday. "We send our deepest condolences to all those who lost a loved one or saw their homes and businesses destroyed."
Naomi Osaka says she will donate tournament prize money to Haiti earthquake relief efforts
Naomi Osaka, who's of Haitian and Japanese descent, tweeted Saturday that it "really hurts to see all the devastation that's going on in Haiti."A 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti on Saturday, resulting in at least 304 deaths and 1,800 injuries, according to the Associated Press. Osaka made a pledge the same day via Twitter, saying that it "really hurts to see all the devastation that's going on in Haiti.
In what is already a challenging time for the people of Haiti, I am saddened by the devastating earthquake that occurred in Saint-Louis du Sud, Haiti this morning. Through USAID, we are supporting efforts to assess the damage and assist efforts to recover and rebuild.— President Biden (@POTUS) August 14, 2021
Our thoughts are with the people of Haiti after the terrible earthquake. We pray for the victims and their loved ones. The United States is moving quickly to assess damage and assist in recovery.— Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) August 15, 2021
Biden added: "Through USAID, we are supporting efforts to assess the damage and assist efforts to recover those who were injured and those who must now rebuild. The United States remains a close and enduring friend to the people of Haiti, and we will be there in the aftermath of this tragedy."
Vice Presidentechoed the message in a tweet. "Our thoughts are with the people of Haiti after the terrible earthquake," she wrote. "We pray for the victims and their loved ones. The United States is moving quickly to assess damage and assist in recovery."
Strong quake hits Greek island of Crete; 1 dead, 9 injured .
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of at least 5.8 struck the Greek island of Crete on Monday, killing one person and injuring several others, while damaging homes and churches and causing rock slides near the country's fourth-largest city. The quake sent people fleeing into the streets in the city of Heraklion, and schools were evacuated. Repeated aftershocks rattled the area, adding to damage in villages near the epicenter. The Athens Geodynamic Institute said the quake struck at 9:17 a.m. (0617 GMT), with an epicenter 246 kilometers (153 miles) south southeast of the Greek capital, Athens.