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M.I.A. Starts Crowdfunding Campaign For Saint Vincent Volcano Relief

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English rapper & singer, M.I.A. has started a crowdfunding campaign for Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in support of people affected by the recent volcanic eruptions on the island.

The La Soufrière volcano erupted, covering the island in ash and forcing more than 16,000 people to evacuate their homes, Last Friday (April 9). According to the BBC reports, the volcano is expected to erupt again over the coming days.

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M.I.A. shared the news via Instagram and wrote that “DEAR FRIENDS, I’VE NEVER SET UP A CROWDFUNDING PAGE BEFORE, BUT AS YOU MAY KNOW SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES HAS BEEN VERY CLOSE TO MY HEART. I WROTE MY FIRST SONG THERE. SINCE GOING TO SRI LANKA IS OUT OF THE QUESTION FOR POLITICAL REASONS ITS BEEN MY ISLAND AWAY FROM MY ISLAND FOR THE LAST 20 YEARS.

She added, “LA SOUFRIERE HAS CAUSED MASSIVE DEVASTATION, ON A SCALE THAT HAS NOT BEEN WITNESSED BY THE RESIDENTS IN THE LAST 40 YEARS. THE SITUATION TODAY IS THAT THERES BEEN POWER CUTS AND WATER SCARCITY. EVERYTHING IS COVERED BY ASH. THE VOLCANO IS STILL ERUPTING AND THERE COULD BE FURTHER ONGOING DAMAGE.

“THERE ARE SHELTERS SET UP, AND WE NEED SHORT TERM SUPPLIES,” She continued, “FOOD WATER BLANKETS, GENERATORS, ROOMS SET UP FOR VENTILATION, MASKS, GOGGLES, HYGIENE KITS, SANITARY PRODUCTS ETC. DUE TO THE ISLAND BEING A TOURIST ISLAND THE COST OF LIVING AND COST OF IMPORTED GOODS ARE EXTREMELY HIGH, IN SOME-CASES ITS 4 TIMES THE PRICE OF WHAT YOU MIGHT FIND IN THE UK. OR U.S.A.FOR PRODUCTS IT IS ALSO VERY HARD FOR LOCAL PEOPLE TO GET INTO SHELTERS WITHOUT VACCINATIONS, AND THEY SHOULD NOT BE PUT IN A SITUATIONS WHERE THEY ARE FORCED TO MAKE THAT DECISION ON The SPOT FOR A SAFE BED.

“ANY AMOUNT OF DONATION OR HELP IS WELCOME AT THIS POINT. THANK YOU FOR YOUR KINDNESS AND TIME. YOUR DONATION WILL GO TO THE RIGHT PEOPLE. AS SOME OF YOU MAY KNOW MY TOURING BAND MATES ARE LOCALS WHO HAVE BEEN PART OF M.I.A FROM THE BEGINNING. IT WOULD MEAN ALOT TO BE THERE FOR THEM IN THEIR TIME OF NEED.

BLESS YOU
M.I.A”

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M.I.A. Starts Crowdfunding Campaign For Saint Vincent Volcano Relief