Olivier Kernizan, a U.S. veteran, was kidnapped for five days in Haiti. Photo via Olivier Kernizan's Facebook account

Brahms Alexis, 44, an entrepreneur based in Port-au-Prince, felt immune to the kidnapping crisis in Haiti — until it hit close to home. Alexis’s friend for over 30 years, Olivier Kernizan, was kidnapped. Kernizan was kidnapped in front of his Croix-des-Bouquets home on Aug. 27.

“When they kidnapped someone you know it’s different,” Alexis said, speaking from Port-au-Prince. “It leaves a bad taste in your mouth. I was biting my nails the whole time, wondering what was going to happen, hoping they wouldn't mess things up,”

For five days, Alexis wondered if Kernizan was being fed, if the kidnappers were beating him, if his high blood pressure grew worse and more. When he received a text that the kidnappers released his friend, Alexis’ mind finally went at ease.

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Email me at onz@haitiantimes.com
Onz Chery started his journalism career as a City College of New York student with The Campus. He later wrote for First Touch, local soccer leagues in New York and ESNY before joining The Haitian Times. Onz is also a Report for America corps member.