The published announcement did not disclose the circumstances of the missionaries’ release, their names, or any other information.
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. There were a total of five children in the group. A Haitian bus driver who was all going 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 is withdrawing almost all of its embassy staff, except for a few essentials.
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