BIG BREAKING NEWS – 2 OF 17 MEMBERS OF MISSIONARY GROUP FREED: 2 of 17 Members of Missionary Group Kidnapped Freed Safe [#HaitiPersecution #ChristianPersecution] 11/21
2 of 17 members of a missionary group who were kidnapped more than a month ago have been freed in Haiti and are safe, “in good spirits and being cared for,” their Ohio-based church organization announced.
Christian Aid Ministries issued a statement saying it could not give the names of those released, why they were freed or other information.
The missionaries were kidnapped by the 400 Mawozo gang on Oct. 16, 2021.
There are 5 children in the group of 16 U.S. citizens and 1 Canadian, including an 8-month-old.
Their Haitian driver also was abducted.
The leader of the 400 Mawozo gang has threatened to kill the hostages unless his demands are met.
Authorities have said the gang was demanding $1 million per person, although it was not immediately clear that included the children in the group.
The release comes as Haiti struggles with a spike in gang-related violence and kidnappings, with the U.S. government recently urging U.S. citizens to leave Haiti amid deepening insecurity and a severe lack of fuel blamed on gangs blocking gas distribution terminals.
Canada announced it was pulling all but essential personnel from its embassy.
The fuel shortage has forced hospitals to turn away patients and paralyzed public transportation, with some schools closing and businesses shortening their work hours.
Two of 17 hostages have been released in Haiti, Christian Aid Ministries says – The Globe and Mail
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