The first lady of Haiti, Martine Moise, He arrived on Wednesday in an ambulance plane at the executive airport of Fort Lauderdale, north of Miami, to be treated for the serious injuries he suffered in the attack in which the president was shot dead. Jovenel Moise.
The Haitian ambassador in Washington, Bocchit Edmond, had previously spoken with some media about the possible transfer of the first lady to Miami for treatment.
Local 10 News captured the moment when the 1st Lady of Haiti, Martine Moïse arrives at the executive airport of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It would have been transferred to Jackson Memorial Hospital. Authorities said his vital signs are stable but critical. #7jul pic.twitter.com/BaT1K7cZXc
– Sergio Novelli (@SergioNovelli) July 7, 2021
Videos from local South Florida media show that the Trinty Air Ambulance plane that brought the first lady landed at around 3:30 p.m. local time today at a Fort Lauderdale executive airport.
According to the Local10 television channel, the first lady has stable but “critical” vital signs and will receive attention in the Baptist Hospital.
Before the arrival of Martine Moise, not yet officially confirmed, Florida congressmen and leaders of the Haitian community expressed their fear that the situation in Haiti would deteriorate further.
Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, representative of the district where the large Haitian community is concentrated in South Florida, urged the acting Prime Minister of Haiti, Claude Joseph, to ask US President Joe Biden to provide “security additional ”to your country.
Wilson, from the Democratic Party and with strong ties to Haiti as the representative in Congress of the district where Little Haiti is located, urged the Haitian people to “remain calm during this international crisis and to unite to save their nation,” wrote the congressman on Twitter.
Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio said the “cowardly cold-blooded assassination of President Moise will only bring more hardship to the people of Haiti and further destabilize the economy.”
The Consulate General of Haiti in Miami, which serves a community that reaches some 400,000 people throughout Florida, was closed, according to Efe, and the only signs of the assassination were the half-mast flag and a bouquet of flowers that someone left on the fence.
Efe called the consulate to confirm the first lady’s trip, but received no response.
Some residents of Little Haiti expressed to local media their fear that violence would break out in the oldest republic in America and at the same time the least developed country on the continent.
“Violence calls for violence and is not a solution for the isis of the country”, said Father Reginald Jean-Mary, pastor of Notre Dame D’Haiti parish.
President Biden on Wednesday condemned the “atrocious” assassination of the Haitian president and said that it is a “very worrying” sign of the state of the political crisis in Haiti.
Frederica Wilson declared herself “shocked” by the murder and vowed not to create “more havoc for a nation with an already extremely complex situation.”
Haiti has suffered a strong political crisis since the middle of 2018 and lived its most serious moment to date on February 7, the day on which Moise denounced that the opposition, with the support of some judges, was plotting a coup.
At the same time, insecurity has been aggravated especially since the beginning of June by territorial struggles between armed gangs vying for control of the poorest neighborhoods in Port-au-Prince.
In 2018, there were 687,000 people in the United States who were born in Haiti, according to institutions dedicated to immigration.
The number more than tripled from 1990 to 2018, especially after the 2010 earthquake.
Haitian immigrants are, among the Caribbean, the most numerous after Cubans, Dominicans and Jamaicans.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.