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The boy had been dropped off with relatives nearly three weeks ago and was airlifted back to his Florida home. He is part of a growing number of Americans trying to flee Haiti.

A trip by a Florida couple to the Dominican Republic to attend a wedding turned into days of anxiety after they dropped off their 2-year-old son with relatives in neighboring Haiti and the boy ended up trapped by that country’s worsening upheaval.

After nearly three weeks, the boy, Julien, finally left Haiti and flew back to Florida on Wednesday, where he was reunited with his parents, Philippe-Olivier Armand and his wife, Olivia Turnier.

The evacuation of their son was part of a growing number of hasty and ad hoc departures from Haiti, which has been convulsed by a surge of gang violence that has turned parts of the capital, Port-au-Prince, into a war zone and has shut down the main airport.

“It was supposed to be a 48-hour trip and it turned into two and half weeks of uncertainty and stress,” said Mr. Armand, 36, a Haitian businessman who works in finance and insurance and travels between Haiti and his home in Miami. He said they left Julien in Haiti on March 1.

Julien, along with seven cousins and six other relatives, boarded a helicopter in Port-au-Prince on Wednesday morning that flew them about 120 miles north to Cap Haitien, Haiti’s second-largest city. They were met there by a charter plane sent by Florida’s Department of Emergency Management, which took them to Florida.

The U.S. State Department said on Thursday that it had helped 160 Americans leave Haiti since Sunday, some on flights to the United States and others by helicopter to the Dominican Republic.

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