The missionaries were abducted on October 16 by the kidnappers of the Mawozo gang. Among the 17 abductees, 16 were US citizens and one Canadian. Among them were – as reported by the organization – five children.
A Haitian bus driver who was on their way to the airport was also kidnapped.
The gang leader threatened to kill the abductees if the ransom demand of $ 1 million per person is not complied with.
Haiti has experienced political upheaval for years, and kidnappings of both rich and poor are commonplace. But even in a country accustomed to universal lawlessness, the kidnapping of such a large group of Americans was a shock.
Violence escalates in the nation’s capital, Port-au-Prince. According to some estimates, gangs now control roughly half of the city. Gangs block, among others. gas stations because the country is struggling with an acute shortage of fuel.
The US government has urged Americans to leave Haiti. Canada announced last Friday that it was withdrawing almost all of its embassy staff, except for a few essentials.