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World Haiti: About fifteen missionaries kidnapped by a gang

11:10  17 october  2021
11:10  17 october  2021 Source:   france24.com

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At least 15 American Christian missionaries and their families were removed Saturday by the members of a gang in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince.

About fifteen missionaries were kidnapped on Saturday, October 16, mid-day by a gang in a peri-urban area east of Port-au-Prince, Haiti , indicated to AFP. A Haitian security source.

Between 15 and 17 American citizens - missionaries and their families - are in the hands of the army band which, for months, multiply crapful Rapts and flights in the area between the Haitian capital and the border with the Dominican Republic, has specified this source that was not able to specify on Saturday night if a ransom request had been issued.

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 Lead 1-of American missionaries and their families kidnapped in Haiti-press Haiti-Kidnapping / missionaries (lead 1): Lead 1-American missionaries and their families kidnapped in Haiti-press (updated with clarification and context) October 17 (Reuters) - At least 17 American Christian missionaries and their families, including children, were removed Saturday by the members of a gang in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, reported Sunday American media. The missionaries were removed while they were in a bus en route to the airport after visiting an orphanage.

"The well-being and safety of American citizens abroad is one of our highest priorities in the State Department. We are aware of this information and have nothing to add for the moment," commented with AFP a spokesman for the US government.

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In the morning of Saturday, the gang called "400 Mawozo" diverted several vehicles from the roads they control, removing American citizens and an indeterminate number of Haitian citizens.

Missionaries and their families returned from a visit to an orphanage located about thirty kilometers east of the Haitian capital, AFP reported a safe source. It is, for some of these members of the religious organization based in Ohio, their first trip to Haiti.

American missionaries and their families kidnapped in Haiti, reports the

 American missionaries and their families kidnapped in Haiti, reports the Haiti-Kidnapping-missionaries press: American missionaries and their families kidnapped in Haiti, reports the © Reuters / Ricardo Arduengo of the American missionaries and their families kidnapped at Haiti, reports the press (Reuters) - at least 17 American Christian missionaries and their families, including children, have been removed Saturday by the members of a gang in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, reported Sunday. American media.


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in April, ten people, two French religious, had been removed by this gang in the same region. Released after 20 days of captivity, Father Michel Briand had explained to AFP that they had "found in the wrong place at the wrong time," believe that gang members had not expected their RAPT at the time. .

already more than 600 abduction cases in 2021

The armed strips, which have been controlling for years the poorest districts of the Haitian capital, have extended their power over Port-au-Prince and its surroundings where they multiply the crapful abductions .

More than 600 cases have been identified on the first three quarters of 2021 against 231 at the same period in 2020, according to the Center for Human Rights Analysis and Research, based in the Haitian capital.

Haitian gang demands $1m each for kidnapped US missionaries

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requiring ransoms sometimes exceeding the million dollars, gangs do not hesitate to claim decades of wages to the families of their victims living below the poverty line.

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The vast majority of women sequestered by criminal bands are sexually abused and victims of collective rapes, deplore human rights organizations that denounce the inaction of the Haitian police.

Before the kidnappings were committed Saturday, professional associations and companies in Port-au-Prince had already called for an unlimited strike from Monday to protest the growing climate of insecurity.

For years, a profound political crisis paralyzes Haiti's socio-economic development. The Assassination, on July 7, President Jovensel Moses by an armed commando in his private residence plunged the country of the Caribbean in uncertainty.

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'I will put a bullet in the heads of these Americans' - Haiti gang behind kidnap demand ransom in video .
A Haitian gang leader has threatened to kill 17 kidnapped American and Canadian missionaries if he is not given millions in ransom money. © Imagebridge The Christian Aid Ministries said it would not comment on the video. Pic: AP In a video posted on YouTube, the leader of the 400 Mawozo gang that abducted the group said: "I swear by thunder that if I don't get what I'm asking for, I will put a bullet in the heads of these Americans.

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