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Wyclef Jean has been honored in Haiti for his efforts to raise the profile of the country.

The rapper – who has been a roving ambassador for the country where he was born since 2007 – was made a Grand Officer of the National Order of Honor and Merit by President Michel Martelly yesterday.

“I have great joy in solemnly honoring a son of this earth who has assumed with force, conviction and humanity, his Haitian quality,” Martelly said. “You are one of the Haitians who make us proud.”

Martelly praised the artist – who tried to run for presidency last year – for his charity initiatives in the country.

“The whole country remembers the mobilization of American artists that you have organized to bring a message of hope to the population after January 12, 2010,” said the President. “Despite all the glory that you received throughout the world, you continue to bring Haiti into your heart and to help the Haitian people… a big thank you on behalf of the entire Haitian people.”

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