Haitian gang demands $ 17 million to free US and Canadian missionaries


According to reports, 17 missionaries, most of whom were accused of abducting Americans, the infamous Haitian gang demanded a ransom of $ 17 million to release the abducted individuals.

Haiti’s Minister of Justice Liszt Quitel said a gang called “400 Mawozo” would demand $ 1 million per person to release missionaries, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Haitian police inspector Franz Champagne said on October 16 in Ganthier, a commune east of the Port-au-Prince capital, a group of gangsters (7 women, 5 men, 5 children, 1 Canadian). He said he had kidnapped all American citizens except. Related press.

When the incident happened, missionaries were on their way home from the construction of an orphanage, the Ohio-based Christian Aid ministry said in a message. The ages of the abducted children are reportedly in the range of only 8 months to 15 years. Missionaries are affiliated with Christian Aid Ministry.

White House spokesman Jen Psaki said at a press conference on Monday that the US government is supporting relief efforts.

“The FBI is part of the US Government’s coordinated efforts to safely engage US citizens,” said Pusaki. “I won’t go into too much detail about this because of operational considerations, but I can confirm their involvement.”

Saki said President Joe Biden was also briefed on the bold kidnapping and regularly received updates on investigations conducted by the FBI and US State Department officials to successfully return missionaries.

In recent years, the October 16 abduction was the largest reported incident of its kind in the Caribbean, as Haiti is trying to recover from a magnitude 7.2 earthquake that struck southern Haiti in August. Gangsters are becoming more brave and abductions are on the rise. Killed 14 people and more than 2,200 people.

In April, a man claiming to be the leader of the gang told radio stations that he was responsible for kidnapping three relatives of five priests, two nuns, and one priest that month. They were all released again later.

Haiti’s United Nations Department of Integration reported last month that at least 328 kidnappings were reported to Haiti’s national police during the first eight months of 2021, for a total of 234 in 2020.

Currently the Department of State list As a “non-traveling” country, Haiti focuses on high crime, kidnapping, civil unrest, and COVID-19.

“Kidnapping is widespread and victims regularly include US citizens,” the agency warns on its website. “Kidnappers can use sophisticated plans, take advantage of unplanned opportunities, and even convoys are being attacked.

“Kidnapping cases often involved ransom negotiations, and victims of US citizens were physically harmed during the kidnapping. The victims’ families paid thousands of dollars to save their families.”

Jack Phillips and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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