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Sean Penn Compares Port-au-Prince, Haiti To Detroit In January Esquire Interview

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U.S. actor Sean Penn leaves at the end of the inauguration ceremony of the Caracol Haiti Industrial Park on the outskirts of Cap Hatien, Haiti, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton encouraged foreigners to invest in Haiti as she and her husband Bill led a star-studded delegation gathered Monday to inaugurate the new industrial park at the center of U.S. efforts to help the country rebuild after the 2010 earthquake. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery) | AP

NEW YORK — 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 Dec. 18.



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