Paul Waggoner, an American Relief Worker in Haiti, is Finally Released from Jail

By on Dec 31, 2010 in Current Events, World Comments
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Paul Waggoner an American relief worker in Haiti was finally released after being arrested last December 12, International news reported, December 30, 2010.

Waggoner is a co-founder of the humanitarian group, Materials Management Relief Corps. The 32-yr old American, who has sold his business to volunteer in Haiti was charged with kidnapping a 15 month old boy. The boy had been brought to the Haitian Community Hospital for treatment.

The child did not survive though and was left unclaimed by the father because he had no means to bury him. Two physicians in the hospital attested to the fact that the father did not claim the boy’s body so the body was cremated.

Judge Lionel Dimanche freed Waggoner, stating that Waggoner presented enough guarantees for his release. The case is still under investigation though, and it would take a few more months for its resolution.

Waggoner spent Christmas day in the Haiti National Penitentiary. Although he was sent food, he shared it with those who were in more serious condition, than he was; he appear dehydrated on the day of his release.

When asked if he will be staying to continue his relief work, Paul Waggoner said he would. He added that “It would be bad for Haiti to lose all the foreign aid coming in…”

Haiti was been ravaged by a cholera epidemic and an earthquake that the impoverished and sick people need all the help they can get from generous donors.



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