Where is Martine Moïse? Haiti first lady stable, but in 'critical condition' after being shot

Martine Moïse was reportedly shot multiple times in the attack that killed her husband, the Haitian president Jovenel Moïse


                            Where is Martine Moïse? Haiti first lady stable, but in 'critical condition' after being shot
First Lady of Haiti Martine Moïse landed in Florida on July 7 for emergency medical treatment (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images for Fashion 4 Development )

First Lady of Haiti Martine Moïse has landed in Florida on July 7 for emergency medical treatment after she was reportedly shot multiple times in the attack that killed her husband, the Haitian president Jovenel Moïse. Earlier, there were conflicting reports about Martine Moïse's condition. While local media reports initially claimed the Haitian First Lady was killed in the assassination, Haiti’s main newspaper, Le Nouvelliste, claimed later that said she was alive and was evacuated to an undisclosed country for treatment.

The President of Haiti Jovenel Moïse was assassinated in the presidential quarters in Port Au-Prince on the night of Wednesday, July 7. According to reports, his wife, Martine Moïse, who was also injured during the attack, was airlifted to Fort Lauderdale. She will be transferred to Miami for treatment in Baptist Hospital, reports state.

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First Lady of Haiti, Martine Moïse (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images for Fashion 4 Development )

 

According to reports, Martine was taken from a small plane on a stretcher at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport at around 3.30 pm. She was flown to the US by Trinity Air Ambulance. Martine is in a stable but critical condition, claim reports. Local 10 News’ Janine Stanwood reported she had gunshot wounds to her arms and thigh along with a severe injury to her hand and her abdomen.

Martine became the First Lady of the Haitian Republic on February 7, 2017. Martine is a well-known businesswoman in Haiti, with years of managerial experience at her family enterprise. 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 was also the President of Fondasyon Klere Ayiti which is working in community development, empowerment of women, civic education, and other causes. 

Haiti 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. President Moïse was shot dead at his private residence overnight by a group of armed individuals. “The president was assassinated at his home by foreigners who spoke English and Spanish,” Joseph said in his statement.

Haiti has declared a "state-of-siege" for the next 15 days, which means all borders are closed and martial law is temporarily imposed, with Haiti’s military and the Haiti National Police empowered to enforce the law.  Haiti has also declared two weeks of national mourning as a tribute to Moise, which is scheduled to start Thursday and end on July 22.

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