U.S. State Department issues travel advisory for Haiti
The U.S. State Department updated their travel advisory to Haiti amidst growing tensions over the elections.
“The State Department alerts U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to Haiti to exercise caution and remain abreast of the security situation throughout the current electoral period.” The State Department warns of heightened tension on the says leading up to and immediately following the date of the election, once results are announced and inauguration of the new president.
The travel alert expires on April 7.
Jan. 12 declared day of remembrance
The Haitian government will commemorate the lives of those lost in the Jan. 12 earthquake six years ago by declaring the day one of remembrance and reflection. The national flag will be flown at half mast, while many “nightclubs and similar establishments will remain closed for the day.
Sean Penn raises $7 million for Haiti
Sean Penn raised $7 million Saturday night at his organization, J/P Haitian Relief Organization, 5th Annual Help Haiti Home Gala. Penn has been one of the most visible supporters of Haiti, with several projects on the ground since the 2010 earthquake.