An American nurse with a Christian humanitarian aid organization in Haiti and her young daughter have been kidnapped outside Port-au-Prince amid a worsening security situation, according to the aid organization El Roi Haiti.
The US State Department has it issued a notification tells Americans not to travel to Haiti, the hemisphere’s poorest nation, because of “kidnapping, crime, civil unrest and poor health infrastructure.”
El Roi said in a statement On Saturday, they worked with “our partners and trusted relations” to ensure the safe return of the hostages. Alix Dorsainvil, wife of El Roi director Sandro Dorsainvil, and their child were taken Thursday morning while serving at the Ministry of Social Affairs, the statement said.
It described Alix as a “deeply compassionate and loving person who considers Haiti her home and the Haitian people her friends and family. Alix has worked tirelessly as our school and community nurse to bring relief to those who are suffering as she love and serve the people. of Haiti in Jesus name.”
◾ The US government has ordered non-essential government personnel out of Haiti.
◾ The National Human Rights Defense Network in Haiti recently issued a warning about “the inaction of government authorities in the wake of the country’s deteriorating security situation.” From May 1 to July 12, at least 40 people were abducted and 75 murdered, along with several others who escaped assassination attempts, the agency warned.
◾ Armed gangs have taken power in Haiti after the country’s president was assassinated in 2021, and they control access to water, food and healthcare.
Haiti needs foreign troops to help with a gang-related crisis, the top US diplomat said on a trip to the region
Who is Alix Dorsainvil?
Alix Dorsainvil, 31, says in a video on the agency’s website that she is a nurse from New Hampshire who moved to Haiti to provide care for the children. She says she has a makeshift clinic at the school.
“Haitians are such a resilient people,” she says in the video. “They are full of joy and life and love. And I am so blessed to know so many amazing Haitians.”
WMUR-TV in Manchester, New Hampshire, said she attended Regis College in Weston, Mass., which has a program to support nursing education in Haiti.
“It doesn’t surprise me that Alix chose to get involved in this type of service work,” Regis College President Toni Hays told the station. “She was amazing. She was passionate, she was compassionate.”
The State Department said it was aware of the reports of the kidnapping of two American citizens in Haiti. U.S. authorities are in regular contact with Haitian authorities and will continue to work with them and U.S. government partners, the department said in an email to USA TODAY.
“Our embassies and consulates abroad have no higher priority than the safety and security of American citizens abroad,” the email said.
The department has ordered the evacuation of family members of U.S. government employees and non-emergency U.S. government employees.
“U.S. citizens in Haiti should leave Haiti as soon as possible by commercial or other privately available transportation options in light of the current security situation and infrastructure challenges,” the department said on its website. “US citizens wishing to leave Port-au-Prince should monitor local news and do so only when deemed safe.”
Haiti is the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere by most measures. Among its programs, El Roi Haiti sponsors a summer camp for about 400 people that features Bible stories, worship music, scripture study, spelling bees, arts and crafts, games, English lessons and other activities. Parents are also invited to attend literacy classes while their children attend camp. A hot meal is provided to all campers and staff.