Headline RoundupAugust 1st, 2023

American Nurse Kidnapped in Haiti as Gang Violence Prompts Calls for UN Intervention

Summary from the AllSides News Team

A New Hampshire nurse and her young daughter were kidnapped in Haiti on Thursday, drawing renewed attention to the island nation marred by gang violence and a humanitarian crisis. 

Americans Kidnapped: The nurse, Alix Dorsainvil, is married to the director of El Roi Haiti, a Christian aid organization. On Thursday, the State Department ordered the departure of non-essential government personnel and urged U.S. citizens to leave Haiti “as soon as possible,” citing “the current security situation and infrastructure challenges.”

For Context: Haiti, about 800 miles from Florida, has suffered a sequence of crises in recent years — including a magnitude 7.2 earthquake in 2021, destructive hurricanes in 2021 and 2022, and the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse in 2021. 

UN Intervention: The U.S. is reportedly planning to introduce a U.N. Security Council resolution to send a multinational force to Haiti to address the crisis. Over the weekend, Kenya’s foreign minister expressed interest in leading the mission. It would not be Haiti’s first experience with U.N. troops — previous U.N. peacekeeper presence in Haiti has been marred by reports of sexual abuse. 

How the Media Covered It: Coverage was common across the spectrum. Some mainstream outlets like ABC News (Lean Left bias) took the opportunity to cover the broader humanitarian and gang crises in Haiti. Some coverage varied on describing El Roi as “Christian” or “faith-based”; some coverage from the right appeared to highlight the religious connection.

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