According to the Christian assistance organization she worked for, an American nurse and her child have been kidnapped in Haiti. Alix Dorsainvil was abducted while working in a community ministry near Port-au-Prince, according to a statement from El Roi Haiti.
The US Department of State stated that it maintains "frequent contact" with Haitian authorities. Haitian officials have appealed to the international community for assistance in removing armed criminals from the country.
Mrs. Dorsainvil is the wife of Sandro Dorsainvil, the director and originator of El Roi Haiti. The child's age and gender remain unknown.
El Roi Haiti added that Alix is a deeply compassionate and loving individual who considers Haiti her home and the Haitian people her family and friends. In addition, the organization stated that efforts were being made to ensure their safe return.
In order to safeguard Alix and her child during this time, the organization has asked that people refrain from speculating on social media about the situation.
According to the charity's website, Mrs. Dorsainvil is from the state of New Hampshire. She mentioned in a video posted by the organization that the Haitians people are so resilient they are filled with joy, vitality, and love and that she was so fortunate to know so many incredible Haitians.
According to the charity, Mr. Dorsainvil grew up in Port-au-Prince's. In 2014, he graduated from secondary school in Montana, United States. The couple married in Haiti in January 2021 and adopted a boy while raising two daughters.
Just hours after the kidnapping, the US State Department ordered all non-emergency government personnel and their families to flee Haiti. The US issued a level four "do not travel" advisory due to abduction, crime, civil unrest, and "poor healthcare infrastructure" on the island.
Project Dynamo, a non-profit organization led by US veterans that evacuates American civilians from dangerous situations abroad, has stated that it will extricate Americans in Haiti.
Since the assassination of President Jovenel Moise in 2021, the poorest country in the Americas has been in political turmoil.
Majority of the capital is controlled by gangs, and violent crimes such as kidnappings and armed robberies are prevalent.
According to the United Nations, there have been 1,014 kidnappings in Haiti from January to June of this year. The UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, advocated for the formation of a multinational force for Haiti earlier this month.
Kenya has volunteered to take the initiative and has offered 1,000 police officers to assist in training local law enforcement. Any mission will require a mandate from the United Nations Security Council and formal approval from the Kenyan government.
As the people of Haiti have "suffered enough," according to Kenya's Foreign Minister Alfred Mutua, the mission of any potential multinational force would be to stabilize the situation on the ground and empower local authorities. He added that Kenya's primary objective would be to train Haitian police in order to reduce violence and enable humanitarian aid to reach civilians "held hostage by gangs."
Mr. Mutua stated that they have decided to lead this process because they do not wish to wait for others.