Is Martine Moïse OK? Haiti first lady airlifted to Florida after being shot multiple times
First Lady Martine Moïse sustained severe injuries after being hit by a bullet and was rushed to hospital
UPDATE: Contrary to rumors, Martine Moïse is not dead. Her vitals are stable but doctors have declared she is in 'critical condition' after she was shot along with her husband. Haiti Police Chief Leon Charles told the Associated Press four of the suspected killers were fatally shot by police and two have been arrested.
Martine was airlifted to South Florida by Trinity Air Ambulance and is undergoing treatment at Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital. She was shot in the arms and thigh, and also suffered serious injuries to her hand and her abdomen, according to South Florida station.
Jovenel Moïse, the President of the Republic of Haitim was assassinated in a barbaric attack on the presidential quarters in the dead of night on Wednesday. His wife Martine Moïse, 47, was also wounded in the attack. While local media reports initially claimed the First Lady had succumbed to gunshot wounds on arriving at a hospital, Frantz Duval, a well-known journalist at Haiti’s main newspaper, Le Nouvelliste, said she was still alive.
Interim prime minister Dr Claude Joseph called the attack a "hateful, inhumane and barbaric act, adding that the assassination was carried out by an unidentified group of people during the night. Gunshots were heard throughout the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, after the attack, the Independent reported.
Who is Martine Moïse?
Born on June 5, 1974, Marie Etienne Martine Joseph went on to complete her education at the college of Roger Anglade in 1993. Four years later, she earned a degree in Interpretation Studies at Quisqueya University. Martine became the first lady of the Haitian Republic at the investiture of her husband on February 7, 2017. Throughout his political career, she remained a pillar of strength and support for her husband and nurtured their children.
Martine is a well-known businesswoman in Haiti, having gained years of managerial experience at her family enterprise. She launched a grassroots campaign to understand the social and economic realities of the country, and her experience helped her in her role as first lady.
According to the Spouses of CARICOM Leaders Action Network (SCLAN), Martine's main focus was always the wellbeing of children, with the slogan of her office being “All for the children," dedicated to establishing durable structures for the young of the country. Working with the National Office of Identification, she established the program “KONTEM MWEN KONTE” (register me I am important), an initiative that has made Birth Certificate registration more accessible in Haiti.
Martine also fought violence against women and girls, working towards well being of those who are most vulnerable. Her other priorities, according to SCLAN, included gender equality, early pregnancy, human trafficking, and the transmission of HIV from mother to child during breastfeeding.
Furthermore, Martine was appointed the president of the coordination of the Global Fund in Haiti in October 2017. The fund was raised for the treatment and eradication of HIV-Aids, tuberculosis, and malaria in the country. Martine had previously expressed a desire to rid Haiti of Malaria by 2020.
Martine was also the President of Fondasyon Klere Ayiti which is working in community development, empowerment of women, civic education, and other causes. According to SCLAN, the foundation has launched a series of cartoons entitled “Vilaj Kado” in an effort to educate people about their environment, politics, respect for human rights, and other causes. Meanwhile, the first lady also directed substantial funds towards the modernization of Haitian Arts & Crafts, which forms an important chunk of the national economy.