December 7, 2021

17 American Missionaries Kidnapped by Haiti Gang

A gang in Haiti is being blamed for kidnapping 17 American missionaries, together with a 2-year-old, police reported.(*17*)

The identical gang—the 400 Mawozo gang– was blamed earlier this yr for kidnapping 5 clergymen and two nuns.(*17*)

The gang allegedly kidnapped the group, which included some aged individuals, in Ganthier, Fox5 Atlanta Information reported.(*17*)

The gang controls the Croix-des-Bouquets space, together with Ganthier—a commune that lies east of the capital of Port-au-Prince. They’re recognized for finishing up kidnappings and carjackings on this space.(*17*)

They’re additionally recognized to extort enterprise house owners.(*17*)

Haiti has seen a spike in gang-related kidnappings inside latest months, following the demise of President Jovenel Moise, who was fatally shot at his non-public residence in July.(*17*)

One month later, a 7.2-magnitude earthquake killed greater than 2,200 residents.(*17*)

In response to the Ohio-based Christian Help Ministries, the missionaries had been on their approach dwelling Saturday from constructing an orphanage. “This is a special prayer alert,” the one-minute message stated. “Pray that the gang members would come to repentance.”(*17*)

A U.S. authorities spokesperson said officers are knowledgeable concerning the kidnappings.(*17*)

“The welfare and safety of U.S. citizens abroad is one of the highest priorities of the Department of State,” the spokesperson stated, declining to remark additional.(*17*)

The U.S. is in contact with Haitian authorities in an try and resolve the problem. Evidently, the gang is demanding ransoms starting from a few hundred {dollars} to greater than $1 million.(*17*)