Playing host to UNIFEM Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman, Haiti got some much needed press this past weekend covering its continuing struggle to recover from the devastating earthquake earlier this year. The 43-year-old actress toured some of the ruins that still dominate the large cities, and attempted to renew efforts to subsidize the impoverished country’s recovery. Get the full story, with pictures and video below!
Leaving her two year old daughter behind with her husband Kieth Urban, the actress went alone to the island nation to survey the damage done by the quake. Also on her agenda was exposing the living conditions which promote crime within the most damaged areas.
“During this trip I saw first-hand how this humanitarian disaster is impacting women and girls. The lack of shelter and security makes them more vulnerable to violence, in particular sexual violence,” Nicole said. “Yet, I have also seen the determination and resilience of women and men in Haiti to rebuild their country. Today I visited a temporary shelter for women and girls who experienced sexual violence or are at risk, where women leaders work to make sure there are medical and legal services as well as counseling and livelihood training. This needs to be done on a large scale and they need our support.”
Long a social activist, helping the island nation has been a top priority for Nicole Kidman. Haiti is the poorest nation in the Caribbean, and was already greatly impoverished before the magnitude 7 earthquake devastated the country’s infrastructure.
“It’s not what I get out of it. I feel like I can never put enough into it. The greatest thing my parents did was give me a social conscience,” she said. “For someone like Sunday, for her to be able to be molded, I suppose, to have a very strong social conscience — I would be so proud. I would hope for that. Keith and I are both very committed to that.”
Leaving her daughter, Sunday, was the toughest part of the trip for the actress. Sunday just celebrated her second birthday on July 8th.
“I’ve spent two nights away from her in two years. I’m just so into her. I’m crazy about her. She’s a good little traveler. She flies everywhere and she brings her little toys. It’s not a big deal, traveling with them — but not to Haiti. Safetywise, I couldn’t bring her (here), but otherwise, she goes everywhere with me. We were walking through the tent cities today, and it’s just rubble and tents.”
What do you think of the charitable work of Nicole Kidman? Haiti’s need is great, and the nation is lucky to have such a dedicated social activist working for it. She’s also known for dabbing in politics. Do you think she’ll support Wyclef Jean for President? Let me know in the comment section! Also, check out the photos and video below!
Photos: www.wenn.com/FayesVision, Judy Eddy, Nikki Nelson