(CNN) Eight aid workers have been abducted in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The aid workers were part of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) ; seven are Congolese, and one is a Swiss delegate. Since April 9, these aid workers have been held by Mai Mai Yakutumba, a militia stationed in South Kivu. The families of the workers have been notified, and ICRC is doing its best to release them.
(The Associated Press) Afghan government officials are becoming more vocal about aid money. The United States tends to strictly monitor aid packages for fear of corruption. However, Economy Minister Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal insists that the money will serve its intended purpose: “The government is not going to waste the money. “There is corruption in some areas, but there is accountability with that money and the money is not being lost.” Today, 13.5% of aid money goes through Afghan government, and that number is expected to reach 20% by the end of this year.
(The New York Times) First Lady Michelle Obama made a surprise visit to Haiti on Tuesday, accompanied by Jill Biden. The trip was not previously reported for security reasons. Ms. Obama thanked aid workers who have been helping Haiti over the last few years. The trip’s purpose, according to a White House statement, is to reaffirm the United States’ continuing support for Haiti, most especially now that hurricane season is fast approaching.