Thursday, July 31, 2014

Haiti: Update--US Citizen of Haitian Descent Shot, Killed by Gunmen After Arriving in the Capital

According to The Associated Press,  a US citizen of Haitian descent was killed last week by armed robbers shortly after arriving in her impoverished Caribbean homeland to visit relatives, friends and officials said Thursday (July 31).

The US State Department on Thursday identified the victim as Myriam Saint Germain. The US Embassy in Port-au-Prince said it was touch with the dead woman's relatives.

Saint Germain lived in Boston, and had worked as a health assistant at Harvard University the last five years. She had two children.

COMMENT: Ms. Saint Germain was apparently killed by gunmen last Friday (July 25), not long after arriving at the Toussaint Louverture International Airport in Port-au-Prince. Friends say she was heading to the town of Les Cayes to visit family.

Last month, the US Embassy noted an increase in the number of travelers who had been robbed shortly after departing the Port-au-Prince airport.

In a June 18 security message to American citizens, the US Embassy said most victims reported that they were "followed by armed individuals on motorcycles shortly after leaving the airport and robbed of cash and other valuables."

Family friend Jacques Jean, president of a Massachusetts learning center where she volunteered her time and money, described Saint Germain as a "very wonderful person."