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Kidnapped Christian nurse and daughter freed in Haiti

The New Hampshire nurse and her daughter, who were kidnapped from the campus of a Christian education ministry on July 27 near Port-au-Prince, Haiti, have been set free.

El Roi Haiti authorities released a statement on Wednesday: “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. Today we are praising God for answered prayer!”

Alix and her husband, Sandro Dorsainvil – founder of El Roi Haiti, a non-profit organisation that helps local communities – have been providing crucial support to Haitian Christians. The American nurse started travelling to Haiti on a regular basis in 2010. She became a school nurse at El Roi Haiti in 2020 and married Sandro in 2021. As a committed Christian, the ministry described her as a person who “lives a life following in the footsteps of Jesus”.

According to eye-witnesses, Alix was treating patients in a small brick clinic when armed men attacked and took her captive. Lormina Louima, a patient who was waiting for a check-up, said that one man wielded a gun at her. “When I saw the gun, I was so scared. I said, ‘I don’t want to see this, let me go.’”

The kidnappers requested $1 million ransom. 

The U.S. Department of State announced: “We have no greater priority than the safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas. As you can imagine, these individuals have been through a very difficult ordeal, both physically and mentally”.

El Roi Haiti said the release of their founder’s wife and his daughter was also a testament to God’s faithfulness and the power of prayer: “We are so thankful for everyone who joined us in prayer and supported us during this crisis. ‘El Roi’ is a Hebrew name of the God of the Bible that means ‘the God who sees.’ It is with that vision that we now rest upon God’s truth that, ‘In his kindness God called you to share in His eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, He will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation. We praise God that He has proven Himself faithful as He restores, supports, and strengthens Alix and her family, the ministry of El Roi Haiti, and the community that Alix has impacted — and continues to impact — with her ministry in Haiti”.

Gang warfare has increasingly plagued Haiti since the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse in 2021. Since then the innocent are regularly killed, raped and held for ransom, as criminal control took a turn for the worse. Attackers often target hospitals and other aid organizations. Many service providers have been forced to close, leaving a growing number of people without access to healthcare, food, education and other basics.



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