US Orders Non-Emergency Personnel to Leave Haiti

( – Haiti has continued to experience economic and natural disasters since the July 2021 political disaster when a group of mostly Colombian foreign assailants assassinated President Jovenel Moïse in his home. Since then, Prime Minister Ariel Henry has led the government, battling violence, gangs, economic devastation, and political upheaval. Yet, on July 27, conditions became so dangerous that the US State Department issued its citizens a Do Not Travel Advisory and ordered non-emergency embassy personnel to leave Haiti.

The advisory warned that kidnappings had become widespread and attackers regularly targeted Americans. Other violent acts, including carjackings, robberies, and organized crime-related killings, have increased since April, according to the advisory, resulting in new embassy rules requiring that personnel may only travel in official transportation to and from the airport and remain confined to the Embassy compound except with prior approval and security measures in place.

The State Department has also strongly encouraged US citizens to leave the island nation as soon as safely possible via commercial or private means as the violence escalates and the National Police struggle to maintain any control. The United Nations has called for a multi-national force to restore order in Haiti. On July 29, Kenya’s President William Ruto volunteered his nation to lead that force with 1000 of his country’s police officers. Both the US and Canada have tried and failed to lead such missions in the past, but UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres seems hopeful that Kenya might succeed.

Highlighting the dangers in the small country, El Roi Haiti, a Christian group providing humanitarian relief, and police reported attackers had kidnapped Alix Dorsainvil, a nurse and aid worker, and her infant daughter on July 27, according to CNN. Abductors took them from the charity’s facilities near Port-au-Prince. The nurse, originally from New Hampshire, married the organization’s director, Sandro Dorsainvil. He appealed for his wife’s return, describing her as “a deeply compassionate and loving person.” He said she “considers Haiti her home and [its] people her friends.”

Stories are still developing, and we will update as details become available.

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