The widow of assassinated Haitian President Jovenel Moïse has recalled the terrifying moment her husband was shot dead next to her as she claims she only survived because the killers thought she was already dead.
‘When they left, they thought I was dead,’ Martine Moïse, 47, told the New York Times.
President Moïse and First Lady Martine were asleep in their bed in their home on the hills of Port-au-Prince on July 7 when deafening gunshots rung out and woke them up in a state of panic.
Martine ran to wake up her two adult children instructing them to hide in the bathroom – the only room with no windows – with the family dog.
President Moïse called his head of security and told his wife to lie down on the floor ‘That’s where I think you will be safe,’ she remembers him saying. It turned out to be the last thing he would say to his wife of 25 years.
Moments later the group of assassins broke into the presidential bedroom and opened fire. Gunshots hit Martine first, in the hand and the elbow, as she lay on the floor as instructed.
Her elbow was shattered by a gunshot and her mouth filled with blood as she lay on the floor as the group of assassins charged into her bedroom.
‘The only thing that I saw before they killed him were their boots. Then I closed my eyes, and I didn’t see anything else.’