Haiti Gang Releases Two Out Of 17 Abducted Missionaries

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  • The abduction of the missionaries and their family members, including children, was reported on October 16

EKO HOT BLOG reports that two people among a group of 17 US and Canadian missionaries kidnapped by an armed gang in Haiti last month have been released, aid officials say.

Christian Aid Ministries said on Sunday that the two individuals were “safe, in good spirits, and being cared for”.

“We cannot provide or confirm the names of those released,” the ministry said, giving no further details.

The abduction of the missionaries and their family members, including children, was reported on 16 October.

They were returning from a visit to an orphanage when the bus they were travelling in was seized by gang members on a main road in the town of Ganthier, east of the capital, Port-au-Prince.

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All of those abducted at the time – five men, seven women and five children – are US citizens, except one who is a Canadian national.

The gang reported to be behind the kidnappings, which goes by the name of 400 Mazowo, later demanded a ransom of $1m (£740,000) for each of the 17 people being held.

On Sunday, Christian Aid Ministries – a US-based organisation that supports Haitians largely through donations, and supplies shelter, food and clothing to children – released a statement saying it continued to “pray for the full resolution of this situation”.

“While we rejoice at this release, our hearts are with the 15 people who are still being held,” the statement added.

Seizing vehicles and all of their occupants for ransom is one of the main activities that the 400 Mazowo uses to finance itself.

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