Do not travel to Haiti

Officials of the Ministry of Foreign Relations (MIREX) met with relatives of the Metro Servicios Turisticos bus driver that is missing after a bus service to Haiti. As reported, Metro was chartered to transport 16 Turkish and Haitian citizens to Haiti. The driver of the bus is a Dominican. All 17 persons are reportedly kidnapped by one of the ruling gangs in Haiti.

The Deputy Minister for Consular and Migratory Affairs at Mirex, Jatzel Román shared with the family the steps to follow in search of a solution to the situation as expeditiously as possible.

Roman explained that Dominican agencies are in contact with the Haitian authorities to follow up on the case.

As reported in El Dia, the kidnapped Turkish missionaries were identified as Efil Onur, Kont Semiih, Kilic Sewa, Dorgan Beyer, Ayden Bedia, Kormaz Ibrahim, Candan Mesut and Torun Ramazan. The kidnapped Haitians are the passengers Presan Christopher, Murat Pierre Andre, Nelson Ketia, Jeune Abraham, Luis Mendes, Juin Bleck Leandro and Pierre Mackeny, as well as the stewardess Yveca Juvensta Sylvestre. The only Dominican among those kidnapped is the bus driver, Martin Castro.

The Ministry of Foreign Relations stresses that since October 2021 a warning has been in effect advising Dominican nationals to travel to Haiti only for the most essential reasons.

The recent kidnapping has occurred after a Dominican diplomat was kidnapped and released just last week. The government has not reported on the circumstances of the release.

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10 May 2022