Sean Penn: Port-au-Prince, Haiti, is like Detroit

Actor Sean Penn talks during a news conference lobbying the state of California to recognize Harvey Milk Day in San Francisco, Tuesday, March 3, 2009. Penn won an Oscar for his portrayal of Milk, one of San Francisco's first openly gay politicians. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
December 12, 2012 7:52:43 AM PST
As the three-year mark approaches of the devastating earthquake in Haiti that killed, injured and displaced hundreds of thousands of people, actor- activist Sean Penn describes life in the country's capital city.

In the January issue of Esquire magazine, Penn compares Port-au-Prince to Detroit, saying, "It's not more dangerous, it's not less dangerous."

Penn founded a relief organization in response to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. He still spends about half his time there.

The two-time Oscar winner says a child with a fever in the U.S. gets medicine, a cold bath, or a trip to the emergency room. In Haiti, he says, parents wait "to see if he's going to die or not."

The January issue of Esquire goes on sale Jan. 18.


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