Sean Penn was awarded the 2012 Peace Summit Award for his humanitarian efforts in Haiti.
During his heartfelt and emotional speech where he was visibly shaking he said, “It’s an overused phrase I know, but I trust you know its genuine today, I am humbled. I’m trembling and I like it.” The award was presented to him by former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, who was joined on stage by the Dalai Lama and former Polish President Lech Walesa.
Sean has been steadfast with trying to help rebuild Haiti after the 2010 earthquake that killed more than 300,000 people and left at least 1.5 million homeless. He actually lives part time in Haiti in a tent. Helping the people of Haiti has been a well known plight that he still consistently tries to keep people ware that Haiti is still in dire need of help. During his speech, he urge the world community to remember Haiti and invest in the country’s future and President Michel Martelly, who took office in May 2011.
“We have a very short window to support this team of the Haitian people’s choosing,” Penn said.
Papers in Penn’s hands shook and he became emotional at times during his speech as he described conditions in Haitian refugee camps or told the story of a Haitian police officer who lost his family in the earthquake. Penn also warned that if Haiti fails it could become a harbor for narcotics trafficking and terrorism near the United States.
Penn is the first non-Haitian to be designated an ambassador-at-large for Martelly. The actor is CEO of the J/P Haitian Relief Organization, a rapidly growing and increasingly prominent aid group. The organization manages two camps that are home to about 18,000 people.
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