Bangladeshi family in Haiti in ‘safe place’: Embassy
Published: 05:01 PM, 14 July 2021
Haiti is in turmoil following the assassination of the Caribbean country’s President Jovenel Moïse. The family of Bangladeshi engineer HR Manik, who was stranded in the country amid the conflict, is in a “safe place”, said the US embassy in Bangladesh.
As there was no Bangladeshi mission or consulate in Haiti, the members of the Bangladeshi family were not getting any help.
A statement from the Bangladeshi embassy in Washington DC on Wednesday said they were in touch with Manik. “Manik told diplomats that he and his family had now taken shelter in a safe place,” the embassy said.
The family has already begun preparations to move to Florida in the United States, the statement said. “Plane tickets have also been procured.”
Arriving at a safe place, Bangladeshi Manik has been working in DG Cell, a mobile operator in Haiti, for about 10 years. He had previously lived in the United States.
Engineer Manik said the poorest country in the Caribbean has always had criminal activity. Now the situation in the capital Port of Prince is dire. There is no chance to know what is actually happening in the capital, how many people are dying.
It is to be mentioned that the Haitian President was assassinated at his residence on July 7. Most of the members involved in the killing were the foreign hit squad – former Colombian soldiers. They are of Haitian descent.
Meanwhile, concerned about the conflict situation and the security of key installations, the country has sought military assistance from the United States and the United Nations.
Haiti, a Caribbean country, does not have its own army. Public security is provided by the police and the security of the president is provided by a small paramilitary force.