Two missionaries released in Haiti after gang kidnapping

“We have learned that two of the hostages in Haiti were released. We praise God for this! Only limited information can be given, but we are able to report that the two hostages who were released are safe, well known. mood and being cared for. for, “the organization said Sunday.

“While we welcome this release, our hearts are with the fifteen people still detained,” the statement said.

The group of 16 Americans and a Canadian were kidnapped by the Haitian gang 400 Mawozo while traveling by car northeast of the capital Port-au-Prince on 16 October. They include an infant, a 3-year-old and a 6-year-old. old, as well as two young teenagers. All come from Amish, Mennonite, and other conservative Anabaptist communities across six U.S. states and Ontario.

Authorities in the United States and Haiti have not publicly commented on whether any of the hostages were released. Haitian police, the U.S. Embassy in Haiti, the Attorney General, the Secretary of State and the Office of the Prime Minister, and the U.S. State Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

U.S. and Haitian authorities as well as the aid organization have largely kept quiet about the negotiations to release the hostages. Their guards had demanded $ 1 million per hostage, Haitian Justice and Home Affairs Minister Liszt Quitel told CNN earlier.

Abductions for ransom in Haiti are widespread and often arbitrary, targeting the rich and poor, young and old. Rising crime has accompanied the country’s political instability, with kidnappings rising 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 notorious for gang kidnappings.

“Has a month ever been so long? We think back to the first few days when our hopes were linked to a speedy response and a timely release, and our hearts cry out, ‘Lord, how long will this continue?'” Wrote the unnamed mother of one of the hostages in an earlier statement from Christian Aid Ministries, released on 19 November.

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