The year was 1985. Africa had a population of drastically less than it did only one year ago. Ethiopia alone had lost 1 million adults and children in just 12 months. Little could be done to solve this problem immediately. Donations were coming in from everywhere. It didn't seem to be enough though. How can money alone pull an entire country out of a food shortage. Just because people donate money to a country doesn't mean they have the means of getting food for themselves. Real people, with two hands and two feet, had to start helping immediately. In comes American pop culture to save the day, or a country in this case.
As unexpected as earthquakes are, the world threw another curve ball at us. On January 12, 2010, Haiti was struck by an earthquake with a 7.0 magnitude. It was the country's most severe earthquake in over 200 years killing an estimated 200,000 people. Just before the earthquake hit, Lionel Richie had planned to re-record We Are The World for it's 25th anniversary. After seeing what had happened in Haiti, he needed no other reason than to do it to help Haiti.
You can watch the 1985 version here, and check out or buy the newer version here. I hope you enjoy.
On a side note: This is my first attempt at blogging, and my topic of this blog is pretty generic. I welcome all comments, positive or negative. If anyone has any suggestions for a topic, or something they would like me to cover, just ask. Thanks everyone.