February 17, 2019 9:59 pm
Updated: February 18, 2019 9:42 pm

‘I feel like I’ve been deserted:’ B.C. woman trapped in Haiti says Canada not doing enough to help

WATCH: A British Columbia woman's family has set up an online fundraiser so that she can hire a plane or helicopter to fly her to the Port-au-Prince airport amid the country's political strife. Michael King reports.


A woman with roots in Kelowna says Ottawa is letting her down as political unrest in Haiti has left her trapped in the Caribbean nation.

“I’m crushed, I feel like I’ve been deserted,” Laura Allan told Global News on Sunday.

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Allan is currently stuck in Jacmel on Haiti’s southern coast where she’s been doing aid work with her organization Shelters International Disaster Response.

Other groups of Canadians returned to Calgary and Montreal over the weekend, but Allan says roadblocks and looters have made it too dangerous for her to travel to the airport in Port Au Prince.

She says the Canadian government should be doing more to help her and the 20-odd Canadians she says are still in the Jacmel area.

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“There is no way for any of us to get through this unless we are air-evacuated or by sea,” Allan said.

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In a statement Sunday, Global Affairs Canada said they are on top of the situation in Haiti and they are making consular services there available to Canadians who need it.

Haiti has been gripped by political violence and unrest as demonstrators call for the resignation of President Jovenal Moise over skyrocketing inflation and a scandal over oil imports.

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