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Scores of Cuban doctors flee Haiti after colleague’s kidnapping

PORT-AU-PRINCE — Seventy-eight Cuban doctors left Haiti earlier this week following the kidnapping of one of their colleagues, le filet info, an online news site, reported.

Doctor Taimara Heles Jeres Alavedra was kidnapped on Jan. 13 in Martissant, according to a source close to the doctors. The area, located at the southern entrance of Port-au-Prince, is known as a kidnapping hotbed.

The kidnappers are demanding a ransom of $100,000 USD to release the doctor, according to media reports. She remains captive.

Sam is a reporter for The Haitian Times and a 2020 Report for America corps member. He has covered Haiti and its diaspora since 2018. His work has also appeared in USA Today, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and Haiti Liberte. Sam can be reached at or on Twitter @sambojarski.

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