Jean Accepts Assassination ‘possibility’

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August 7, 2010 | 9:30am EST

Rapper Wyclef Jean fears the “possibility” of his assassination in Haiti’s slums as he campaigns to become president of his native country.

The former Fugees star recently announced his launch for office and is preparing to begin travelling into the slums and camps of Haiti to win votes.

Jean admits he worries for his safety because the impoverished country has a history of political violence and he will be protected at all times by a dozen bodyguards.

But he refuses to let the danger stop him from campaigning.

Jean says, “You have two choices – either sit back thinking of the danger or do something to move your country forward.

“Assassination is always a possibility but I’d rather die trying to achieve something than die doing nothing… I’m telling you right now, brother, I’m going to fight for the rights of the Haitian people so they can get their justice.

“At times, to be honest, I think, ‘What am I doing?’ But I can hear the voice of youth drafting me. When I’m on the ground, they say to me, ‘Clef, you’re our last hope.’ They feel close to me because I speak their language.”

Jean was born in Haiti but moved to the U.S. when he was nine.