Motorcyclist navigates the streets of Port-au-Prince after rains in June, 2023. Photo by Marvens Compere for The Haitian Times

On the same day two Americans were kidnapped in Haiti and one day after United States diplomatic corps members were ordered to remain inside U.S. compounds, the State Department said all non-emergency personnel should leave Haiti and warned others to stop traveling there. 

“Do not travel to Haiti due to kidnapping, crime, civil unrest, and poor health care infrastructure,” the Level-4 advisory states. “The Department of State ordered the departure of family members of U.S. government employees and non-emergency U.S. government employees.


Two American kidnappings and additional gang-fueled killings and burnings coincide with a Level-4 U.S. State Department warning.

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J.O. Haselhoef is the author of “Give & Take: Doing Our Damnedest NOT to be Another Charity in Haiti.” She co-founded "Yonn Ede Lot" (One Helping Another), a nonprofit that partnered with volunteer groups in La Montagne ("Lamontay"), Haiti from 2007-2013. She is a 2022 Fellow for the Columbia School of Journalism's Age Boom Academy. She writes and lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.