Michael Jackson, one of the world’s biggest humanitarians during his life, remains effective in helping with humanitarian efforts where needed most, even in his death. Through his music, hugely popular literally worldwide, Michael is helping with relief efforts in Haiti. His work, his LOVE and his legacy continues and lives on through his music. He has found a way to help. He’s THERE.
Mideast edition, Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Seth Robson/Stars and Stripes
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — The late Michael Jackson is helping U.S. soldiers in Haiti deliver aid and start to rebuild the earthquake-shattered nation.
Soldiers working with the 82nd Airborne Division in Port-au-Prince are using Jackson’s music along with other American and Haitian pop songs to calm crowds during aid distribution missions.
One of the soldiers, Spc. Max — commanders asked that the last names of soldiers in the unit not be disclosed because of the nature of their jobs — said he hit upon the idea of using music for crowd control during an aid distribution mission last month.
The Haitians were trying to push ahead in line for aid,” he said.
“I put my iPod into the sound system and played some songs and the people were calmer,” he said. “It reduced tension within the crowd. The next day we went out and it got the same effect.”
Max said his unit told Army leaders in Haiti about the effectiveness of music for crowd control and that its use is spreading.
“We went to another food distribution recently and some Brazilians (soldiers) showed up and they started playing music”, he said.
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Michael Jackson songs are, by far, the most popular with crowds, Max said. The Haitians try to mimic Michael Jackson’s dance moves and incorporate some hip-hop steps, he said.