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Kidnapping in Haiti: Two missionaries freed after a collective kidnapping

“We have learned that two of the hostages in Haiti have been released. We praise God for it! Only limited information can be provided, but we are able to report that the two hostages who have been released are safe, in good spirits, and in care. for, ”the organization said on Sunday.

“Although we welcome this release, our hearts go out to the fifteen people who are still detained,” the statement also said.

The group of 16 Americans and a Canadian were kidnapped by the Haitian 400 Mawozo gang while driving northeast of the capital Port-au-Prince on October 16. They include a baby, a 3-year-old and a 6-year-old. old, as well as two young adolescents. All are from Amish, Mennonite, and other conservative Anabaptist communities in six states in the United States and Ontario.

US and Haitian authorities have not publicly indicated whether any of the hostages had been released. Haitian police, the United States Embassy in Haiti, the Minister of Justice, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Prime Minister’s Office, and the United States Department of State did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The American and Haitian authorities, as well as the humanitarian organization, have largely remained silent on the negotiations aimed at freeing the hostages. Their captors demanded $ 1 million per hostage, Haitian Minister of Justice and Interior Liszt Quitel previously told CNN.

Kidnappings for ransom in Haiti are widespread and often indiscriminate, targeting rich and poor, young and old. The increase in crime has accompanied the country’s political instability, with an increase in kidnappings in the months following the assassination of President Jovenel Moise in July, according to the local human rights organization CARDH. The 400 Mawozo group is particularly known for mass kidnappings.

“Has a month been this long? We look back to the early days when our hopes were on a quick response and a quick release, and our hearts are crying, ‘Lord, how long must this go on?’ , wrote the anonymous mother of one of the hostages in an earlier statement by Christian Aid Ministries, published on November 19.


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