Kidnapping in Haiti: American Nurse and Her Child Abducted from Community Ministry

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In a deeply distressing turn of events, El Roi Haiti, a Christian humanitarian assistance organization, reports the abduction of a nurse and her infant in Haiti. 

According to the organization’s website, Alix Dorsainvil, the wife of El Roi Haiti Director Sandro Dorsainvil, and their infant were reportedly kidnapped on Thursday morning.

The unfortunate incident occurred while Dorsainvil and her child were engaged in community ministry on the El Roi Haiti campus near Port-au-Prince, the capital city of Haiti. 

Alix Dorsainvil, a nurse originally from New Hampshire, had moved to Haiti after her husband invited her to provide nursing care for the children at a Haitian school.

The U.S. Department of State, in coordination with Haitian authorities and other U.S. government agencies, is actively involved in addressing the abductions. A State Department spokesperson emphasized that the safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas, including those in Haiti, remains a top priority.

Due to the abduction, escalating crime, civil unrest, and limited healthcare infrastructure, the Department of State issued a travel advisory for Haiti on the same day. 

Haiti’s Struggle with Gang Violence

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In a deeply distressing turn of events, El Roi Haiti, a Christian humanitarian assistance organization, reports the abduction of a nurse and her infant in Haiti.

 

The advisory necessitated the departure of family members and non-emergency government personnel from the country. Additionally, American citizens in Haiti were strongly urged to leave immediately through commercial or other privately available transportation options, taking into account the ongoing security concerns and infrastructure challenges.

Haiti has been grappling with a surge in gang violence, leading to the displacement of more than 165,000 Haitians within their own country, as documented in a recent United Nations report. 

The situation has been further compounded by floods that affected over 46,000 individuals, displacing approximately 13,000 others.

Earlier this week, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) reported another case of kidnapping in Haiti, involving Blondine Tanis, a Haitian radio reporter. Tanis was abducted by unidentified people on July 21 as she arrived home in the Delmas neighborhood of Port-au-Prince.

The abductions in Haiti underscore the gravity of the security situation and the challenges faced by both citizens and foreign nationals residing or visiting the country. The international community remains vigilant in supporting efforts to address these distressing incidents and improve safety conditions for all individuals in Haiti.

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Source: CNN, The Guardian

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