American nurse and child kidnapped in Haiti, non-profit says
Alix Dorsainvil and her child were abducted while serving in their community ministry at the El Roi Hati’s campus near the capital city of Port-au-Prince
July 31, 2023 8:43am
Updated: July 31, 2023 8:43am
An American nurse and her child were kidnapped in Haiti on Thursday morning, reported the Christian humanitarian organization El Roi Haiti for which the woman worked for.
Alix Dorsainvil and her child were abducted while serving in their community ministry at the El Roi Hati’s campus near the capital city of Port-au-Prince, read a statement posted on the organization’s website.
“Alix is 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 loves and serves the people of Haiti in the name of Jesus,” the statement said.
Dorsainvil is a nurse from New Hampshire and the wife of El Roi Haiti Director Sandro Dosainvil. She moved to Haiti to help provide nursing care for children at a local school. The gender and age of the child were not disclosed.
A U.S. State Department spokesperson said that the agency was “aware of reported of the kidnapping of two U.S. citizens in Haiti.”
“We are in regular contact with Haitian authorities and will continue to work with them and our U.S. government interagency partners,” the spokesperson added.
Last week, the U.S. State Department ordered all non-emergency government personnel and their family members, as well as U.S. citizens, to leave Haiti "by commercial or other privately available transportation options” amid a wave of violence.
“Given the recent armed clashes between gangs and the police and the high threat of violent crime and kidnapping throughout Port-au-Prince, the Department of State urges U.S. citizens to make plans to depart Haiti as soon as possible via commercial means,” reads a statement posted on the U.S. Embassy website.
The measure comes after widespread violence and kidnappings have become common in Haiti since President Jovenel Moise was assassinated in 2021 and left behind a power vacuum.