U.S. officials have not released details about what may have happened to an American nurse and her daughter who were kidnapped in Haiti last week.
According to ABC News, the U.S. State Department hasn’t said whether the abductors have made any demands, but this week, about 200 Haitians marched in the nation’s capital over the abduction and growing gang violence in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
“Obviously, the safety and security of American citizens overseas is our highest priority. We are in regular contact with the Haitian authorities. We’ll continue to work with them and our US government interagency partners, but because it’s an ongoing law enforcement investigation, there’s not more detail I can offer,” said State Department spokesman Matthew Miller in a statement Monday.
According to The Christian Post, Alix Dorsainvil, of New Hampshire, was working with the nonprofit Christian ministry El Roi Haiti when she and her daughter were taken last week.
A patient at the clinic said Dorsainvil was working in the clinic when armed men took her.
“When I saw the gun, I was so scared,” patient Lormina Louima said. “I said, ‘I don’t want to see this, let me go.’”
The kidnapping is one of hundreds that have taken place in the country just this year, according to the Center for Analysis and Research in Human Rights.
“She is doing good work in the community, free her," one protester’s sign said.
El Roi Haiti also released a statement about the kidnapping, asking for prayers.
"Please continue to pray with us for the protection and freedom of Alix and her daughter. As our hearts break for this situation, we also continue to pray for the country and people of Haiti and for freedom from the suffering they endure daily.”
Meanwhile, the U.S. State Department has advised Americans to avoid traveling in Haiti and for nonemergency personnel to leave the country.
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