Haitian kidnappers demand $17 million for American and Canadian missionaries

October 19, 2021 By admin 0

Haitian authorities say they have arrested 17 American and Canadian missionaries and reportedly demanded $ 17 million, or $ 1 million for each hostage.

One Canadian and 16 Americans were abducted on Saturday by the “400 Mawozo” group following a visit to an orphanage in Croix-des-Bouquets, a town in the northeast outside the national capital Port-au-Prince, part of a region controlled by kidnappers.

Justice Minister Liszt Quitel has confirmed that the FBI and Haiti police have been in contact with the gang, which is seeking millions of exchanges. He told the Wall Street Journal on Monday that it could take weeks to negotiate a release.

The headquarters of Christian Aid Ministries in Berlin, Ohio, was closed on Monday, October 18, 2021, for kidnapping in Haiti.
The headquarters of Christian Aid Ministries in Berlin, Ohio, was closed on Monday, October 18, 2021, for kidnapping in Haiti.

The victims are members of the Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries, which confirmed their kidnapping in a statement on Sunday. They said the group was made up of five men, seven women, and five children, including an eight-month-old baby. Others are 3, 6, 14, and 15 years old.

Some members were able to send help messages during their arrest

“Please pray for us !! We have been arrested and our driver has been abducted, ”the man wrote, according to the Washington Post. “Pray and pray and pray. We don’t know where they took us. ”

After their abduction, Dan Hooley, a former director of Christian Aid Ministries in Haiti, told CNN that the missionaries were believed to have been traveling in the same car before being taken to a safe house outside the city.

Christian Aid Ministries was founded as a nonprofit in 1981 “glorifying God and helping to grow his kingdom,” according to its website. Volunteers assist with the distribution of necessities such as food and clothing, bringing Bibles, and helping disaster victims to the US and other countries, including Haiti, where missionaries “support church planting” and “operate and support medical facilities to treat people’s health needs.”

Their abduction comes amid a series of brutal kidnappings, fueled by political unrest and social instability as well as a lack of quality health care and extreme poverty.