Laura Silsby, the head of a U.S. Christian missionary group arrested on charges of kidnapping Haitian children in the aftermath of the Jan. 12 earthquake, has been freed. The kidnapping charges were reduced to illegal travel, the prosecutor, Joseph Manes Louis, told Reuters.
Bangladesh will send its first all-female peacekeeper unit to Haiti. The group, composed of 110 female peacekeepers, was due to fly to Haiti on May 15, police spokesman Shyamol Kumar Mukharjee told AFP. Meanwhile, the Organization of American States Group of Friends of Haiti discussed preparations for the Haitian polls, and how OAS, its member states and the United Nations can provide technical electoral support.
World Vision urged the Haitian government and international community to incorporate disaster risk reduction in long-term rehabilitation plans. The Christian relief agency said the upcoming hurricane season may cause another disaster. The Caribbean nation is expected to have “a wetter than average rainy season,” The Energy Collective reports.