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A Cuban doctor has been kidnapped in Haiti

Cuban doctor Daymara Helen Pérez Alabedra was kidnapped in Haiti, a fellow doctor confirmed.

Cuban medical professional Daymara Helen Pérez Alabedra was kidnapped in Haiti, a fellow health care provider verified.


Extra than a week following she was kidnapped, a Cuban medical doctor is however getting held for ransom in Haiti, wherever violent gangs hold disrupting essential services.

Daymara Helen Pérez Alabedra was kidnapped 8 times ago though on her way to Port-au-Prince, in accordance to a fellow health practitioner, who did not want to be named. Pérez was traveling on a community bus together with other passengers when gang members grabbed her in the neighborhood of Martissant. The gang-plagued neighborhood at the southern entrance of the funds has been the web site of fatal clashes that have pressured the displacement of over 19,000 Haitians from their houses considering the fact that June.

“She was the only one particular who was kidnapped,” the medical doctor explained.

The health care provider said the gang in the beginning requested for $1 million ransom, and then $100,000, which they negotiated down. Inevitably, a ransom of $10,000 was compensated, but Pérez was not produced.

This is not uncommon in Haiti, exactly where gangs searching for to get as significantly as they can will usually maintain victims even following payment is built.

A spokesperson with Haiti’s countrywide law enforcement could not instantly confirm Pérez’s abduction, which has made headlines in the local push.

In accordance to her Facebook page, Pérez is originally from Las Tunas, an japanese Cuban province, and was living in Grand Goâve, a rural neighborhood south of the capital in the commune of Léogâne. A generalist, she has used the previous a few many years in Haiti and labored at Notre Dame Medical center in neighboring Petit-Goâve.

Pérez’s kidnapping marks the next time a healthcare facility in the location has been hit by the country’s gang crisis. Final Wednesday, a gang in Martissant stole a $38,000 generator intended for Léogâne’s Sainte Croix Healthcare facility whilst it was becoming sent. Both equally the drivers had been kidnapped and sooner or later released in advance of getting informed to come back with ransom dollars if they wished the generator and their vehicle.

The heist pressured the clinic to close owing to the deficiency of electricity. On Monday, Rev. Jn Michelin St. Louis, the director of the medical center, mentioned that as of Thursday he experienced stopped accepting new individuals and the facility is trying to locate hospitals in the area to accept seven infants in the neonatal ward.

Though the the vast majority of Haiti’s kidnapping victims are Haitians, foreigners have also been abducted. In October, 16 Individuals and a Canadian missionary were being kidnapped right after browsing an orphanage east of the funds. The previous of the team was released in December soon after two months in captivity.

Two Cuban technicians have been also kidnapped in Port-au-Prince in December and had been released before this thirty day period, a resource with know-how of the kidnapping who did not want to be determined informed the Miami Herald. Cuban authorities have not commented on their release, nor did they report the kidnapping of the doctor. The Cuban Embassy in Washington did not reply to a request for remark.

The director common of Haiti’s’ health and fitness ministry, Dr. Lauré Adrien, denied reports in the Haitian push that the kidnapping of Pérez has led to the Cuban government pulling 78 of its doctors from the place. Adrien reported that, in accordance to info obtained from the head of the Cuban Health care Brigade in Haiti, there was a extensive-scheduled constitution flight that left Port-au-Prince with 28 folks on board. The record involves 18 customers of the clinical brigade whose mission had arrive to an finish and an additional 10 who went on family vacation.

“There have been no departures of 78 Cuban professionals,” claimed Adrien, including that there are about 300 customers of the Cuban medical brigade performing in Haiti, exactly where they provide critical wellness expert services mainly in rural communities.

Adrien claimed the ministry condemns the kidnapping of Pérez and would like her released as before long as achievable.

“Regardless of the sufferer, such an act is reprehensible,” he additional.

This story was initially released January 19, 2022 6:31 PM.

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Jacqueline Charles has noted on Haiti and the English-speaking Caribbean for the Miami Herald for more than a 10 years. A Pulitzer Prize finalist for her coverage of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, she was awarded a 2018 Maria Moors Cabot Prize — the most prestigious award for coverage of the Americas.

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Nora Gámez Torres is the Cuba/U.S.-Latin American policy reporter for el Nuevo Herald and the Miami Herald. She studied journalism and media and communications in Havana and London. She holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Town, University of London. Her work has received awards by the Florida Modern society of News Editors and the Modern society for Skilled Journalists.//Nora Gámez Torres estudió periodismo y comunicación en La Habana y Londres. Tiene un doctorado en sociología y desde el 2014 cubre temas cubanos para el Nuevo Herald y el Miami Herald. También reporta sobre la política de Estados Unidos hacia América Latina. Su trabajo ha sido reconocido con premios de Florida Culture of News Editors y Culture for Profesional Journalists.