Coldplay joins Oxfam appeal for Haiti earthquake

By Oxfam

Coldplay singer Chris Martin has joined Oxfam's call for funds to help those affected by the devastating earthquake in Haiti.

Chris Martin, who traveled to Haiti with Oxfam in 2002 to meet coffee farmers supported by the charity, said:

"I visited Haiti with Oxfam a few years ago. It's a country of extreme poverty and brutal living conditions. Most people in Port-au-Prince live in tin shacks. The earthquake that has struck Haiti will have turned the city into an unimaginable hell.

"The people of Haiti will be desperate for help and assistance. You can make a donation at [Oxfam's Web site]."

The band will make a donation to the Oxfam appeal today.

The extent of the devastation in Haiti is still unclear, but local officials are reporting a catastrophe of major proportions. Thousands are feared dead, millions are affected, and major buildings—such as the presidential palace—have collapsed.

Oxfam has a 100 strong-team working across Haiti—including 15 emergency specialists—and will be responding with public health, water and sanitation services to prevent the spread of waterborne disease. It also has links with a large network of community volunteers who can get aid to affected people quickly.

People can donate by calling 800-77-OXFAM (800-776-9326), online at www.oxfamamerica.org/haiti.

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