….Shortly after Haitian officials released the final results late Wednesday, demonstrations popped up in the countryside. Some turned violent.
A staff member for the Boston-based Partners in Health was killed after protesters set fire to a house in the border town of Belladere, officials said Friday.
“It’s certainly related to the political situation, the election results,” said Louise Ivers, senior health and policy adviser for Partners in Health, a charity founded by a public health doctor, Paul Farmer, in Haiti’s Central Plateau.
Ivers said protesters began to set fire to cars and buildings, including a Partners in Health staff house, around midnight Wednesday. Phyzeme Isly, a 44-year-old lab technician who had worked for the charity for nine years, died.
A nurse and her two children were burned in the attack, and evacuated to the neighboring Dominican Republic for treatment. The violence prompted more than two dozen Partners in Health employees to evacuate, interrupting medical services at the only hospital in Belladere.
Haitian national police spokesman Frantz Lerebours said he had no knowledge about the attack.
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