Arcade Fire member Regine Chassagne has asked the world to show its “support and solidarity” for Haiti, the country her parents emigrated from to Canada before she was born.
Speaking of the destruction, Chassagne said “in my heart, it’s the end of the world”.
She added: “I am mourning people I know. People I don’t know. People who are still trapped under rubble and won’t be rescued in time. I can’t help it.
“Such emotion came over me. My breath stopped. My heart sank and went straight into panic mode. I knew right away that the whole city is in no way built to resist this kind of assault and that this meant that thousands were under rubble. I saw it straight away.
Chassagne went on to say that she is “on the phone, on email, non-stop” at present, before asking whoever was reading to support Haiti in its time of need.
She said: “Haiti must be rebuilt. Ultimately, we need to treat Haiti with compassion and respect and make sure that the country gets back on its feet once and for all. The west has funded truly corrupt governments in the past. Right now, in Haiti, there is a democratically elected government. Impossibly weak, but standing.”
Coldplay‘s Chris Martin and Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis have both also urged people to donate to help Haiti.