American nurse Alix Dorsainvil and her daughter after being detained for two weeks by a gunman who stormed her clinic in Haiti
- Alix Dorsainvil and her daughter were freed by kidnappers in Haiti on Wednesday
- The American nurse and her child were abducted from a non-profit clinic near Port-au-Prince on July 27
- The kidnappers initially demanded a ransom of $1 million, but it is unclear if any financial dealings took place to secure their freedom.
An American nurse and her daughter were freed by their captors on Wednesday after being abducted in Haiti, according to El Roi Haiti, the nonprofit she works for.
Alix Dorsainvil and her child were abducted by a group of armed men from the organization’s clinic near Port-au-Prince on 27 July.
“It is with a heart of gratitude and immense joy that we at El Roi Haiti confirm the safe release of our staff member and friend, Alix Dorsainvil and her child who were held hostage in Port- au-Prince, Haiti,” El Roi Haiti said in a statement after their release.
“There is still much to deal with and heal in this situation, so we ask that no attempt be made to contact Alix or her family at this time.”
US nurse Alix Dorsainvil (pictured) and her daughter were freed by kidnappers in Haiti on Wednesday, according to El Roi Haiti, the nonprofit she works for.
Alix Dorsainvil (right) with her husband Sandro Dorsainvil, founder and director of El Roi Haiti, a faith-based humanitarian organization that provides medical care, education and other basic services to people in the poorest areas of Haiti
The kidnappers reportedly demanded a $1million ransom for the New Hampshire mother and daughter.
It is not known whether any financial transactions were made to secure their freedom.
Alix Dorsainvil, a graduate of Regis College in Weston, Massachusetts, lived in Haiti with her husband Sandro Dorsainvil, founder and director of the Christian organization.
He grew up in Port-au-Prince and later attended school in the United States before returning to Haiti to start the nonprofit in the hope that religious faith can play a role in solving problems. of the nation.
The faith-based humanitarian organization provided medical care, education and other basic services to people in Haiti’s poorest regions.
In a blog post, the non-profit organization said Alix Dorsainvil fell in love with locals during a visit after the 2010 earthquake in the Caribbean nation.
American nurse Alix Dorsainvil (right) lives in Haiti with her husband Sandro Dorsainvil (left), founder and director of the Christian organization. They are parents of a young girl
The release of Alix Dorsainvil and her daughter came the day after the US Embassy in the capital Port-de-Prince closed on Tuesday after gunfire in the area.
The closure follows tense protests that rocked the capital on Monday, when protesters clashed with police, demanding protection from gangs.
Gang violence in Haiti has increased kidnappings and homicides, while devastating health care.
According to the United Nations, at least 5.2 million people – almost half of Haiti’s population – are in need of humanitarian assistance.