US-based mother and daughter reportedly abducted in Haiti; citizens cautioned against visiting

by Ryan Lee
Humanitarian Aid Nagorno-Karabakh

An American woman employed by a nonprofit organization in Haiti, along with her young daughter, have reportedly been abducted, prompting the U.S. State Department to issue a travel warning for the nation and to instruct nonessential personnel to evacuate due to escalating safety issues.

Alix Dorsainvil, a nurse associated with El Roi Haiti, and her daughter were reportedly abducted on Thursday, according to a statement made by the organization on Saturday. El Roi, which manages a school and a ministry in Port au Prince, reported that the pair were seized from their campus. Dorsainvil is the spouse of the program’s director, Sandro Dorsainvil.

“Alix is an individual who exhibits profound compassion and love, viewing Haiti as her home, and its people as her friends and kin,” said Jason Brown, El Roi’s president and co-founder, in the statement. “In the name of Jesus, Alix has put her heart and soul into her role as our school and community nurse, providing aid to those in need and showing love and service to the people of Haiti.”

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On Saturday, a spokesperson for the State Department stated that they are “aware of the reports about the abduction of two U.S. citizens in Haiti,” adding, “We maintain regular communication with Haitian authorities and will continue to collaborate with them and our U.S. government interagency colleagues.”

In the warning issued on Thursday, the department highlighted that “kidnappings are rampant, and victims frequently include U.S. citizens.”

The statement revealed that kidnappings often lead to ransom negotiations and that physical harm has been inflicted upon U.S. citizen victims.

Earlier this month, a warning about a spike in murders and kidnappings was published by the National Human Rights Defense Network, and the UN Security Council convened to discuss the deteriorating situation in Haiti.

According to WMUR-TV, Dorsainvil hails from Middleton, New Hampshire, and attended Regis College in Weston, Massachusetts, which runs a program in support of nursing education in Haiti.

Toni Hays, the president of Regis College, told the station, “It doesn’t surprise me that Alix chose to dedicate herself to this kind of service. She was exceptional, passionate, and empathetic.”

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Kidnapping in Haiti

Who are the individuals reportedly kidnapped in Haiti?

Alix Dorsainvil, a nurse working for a non-profit organization called El Roi Haiti, and her young daughter have reportedly been kidnapped in Haiti.

What was the US State Department’s response to this situation?

In response to the kidnapping and escalating safety concerns in Haiti, the US State Department issued a travel advisory warning citizens not to travel to Haiti and ordered nonemergency personnel to evacuate the country.

What does El Roi Haiti do?

El Roi Haiti is a non-profit organization that operates a school and ministry in Port au Prince, Haiti. Alix Dorsainvil works as a nurse for the organization.

Has there been a recent upsurge in kidnappings in Haiti?

Yes, according to a report by the National Human Rights Defense Network earlier this month, there has been an upsurge in killings and kidnappings in Haiti. The US State Department’s advisory also confirmed that kidnappings are widespread and often involve U.S. citizens.

What is the background of Alix Dorsainvil?

Alix Dorsainvil is from Middleton, New Hampshire, and she attended Regis College in Weston, Massachusetts, which supports nursing education in Haiti. She is deeply involved in her work as a nurse with El Roi Haiti, showing compassion and love for the people of Haiti.

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Healthcare4All July 31, 2023 - 9:13 am

Just cancelled my trip to Haiti..its too dangerous now. Hope things get better soon.

Mike_J July 31, 2023 - 1:53 pm

Alix is a true hero. she chose to serve in such a dangerous place! Hoping for their safe return. Hats off to people like her.

TrvlBug July 31, 2023 - 3:47 pm

As a mom, I cant even imagine what Alix’s family is going through! praying for them…stay strong!

LindaBee July 31, 2023 - 8:56 pm

This is so scary! My thoughts and prayers go out to Alix and her daughter, hope they get back home safe soon.


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