Rapper Wyclef Jean has issued a stern warning to those exploiting children on the devastated island of Haiti, which was rocked by a 7.0 earthquake in January that killed over 200,000 people and left millions displaced.
Yesterday (Jan. 31), ten Americans were formally charged with kidnapping 33 Haitian children and attempting to bring them to an orphanage across the border in the Dominican Republic.
“My message to the child traffickers in Haiti…I give you my word, we will hunt you Down one by one, and you will be judge with no Mercy,” the Haitian born rapper Tweeted, before lashing out at others who are selling goods like rice and gas at triple the price.
“Is dat why da Aid being send is collecting dust @ da Airport?” a frustrated Wyclef Tweeted.
According to Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive, the missionaries were from an Idaho church group.
They denied the Prime Minister’s accusation and refuted allegations that they were involved in a plot to kidnap the children, some who claimed they still had parents who were still alive.
“We came here simply to help these children and we went to the border based on the approval of the Dominican government to take the children into the Dominican Republic and the pastor entrusting these precious children to our care because his orphanage collapsed and his churches collapsed, and he had nowhere for these children to go,” the group’s spokeswoman, Laura Silsby said.
The 10 missionaries are currently being held in a police station near the airport at Port-Au-Prince.