2 missionaries who were kidnapped in Haiti have been released

A non secular group introduced Sunday that two of its missionaries taken hostage in Haiti have been launched following their kidnapping with 15 others final month.

Christian Assist Ministries, an Ohio-based nonprofit group, didn’t establish the 2 missionaries or the circumstances behind their launch. The group stated its coronary heart was nonetheless with the greater than a dozen missionaries nonetheless being held.

“We can not present or verify the names of these launched, the explanations for his or her launch, the place they’re from, or their present location,” the group stated in an announcement. “We ask that those that have extra particular details about the discharge and the people concerned would safeguard that info.”

The 2 persons are “protected, in good spirits, and being cared for,” the assertion added.

In October, 17 U.S. and Canadian residents working with Christian Assist Ministries have been kidnapped by the 400 Mawozo gang. The gang controls the Ganthier commune within the suburb of Port-au-Prince the place the missionaries have been taken.

Christian Assist Ministries headquarters in Titanyen, Haiti, on Oct. 22, 2021.Ricardo Arduengo / AFP by way of Getty Photos file

The group of kidnapped missionaries included 5 youngsters 8 months to fifteen years previous and 12 adults. It is unclear whether or not the launched hostages included youngsters.

Haitian officers stated the group’s chief was demanding $1 million per hostage, totaling $17 million in ransom.

A video circulating on social media, which a U.S. official stated appeared legit, threatened to kill hostages if the ransom demand was not met.

Haiti has confronted a sequence of disasters through the years, and the final a number of months have been met with renewed hardships. Its president, Jovenel Moïse, was assassinated in July and a 7.2-magnitude earthquake hit the nation in August.

Greater than 2,000 individuals have been killed within the quake and 1000’s extra have been left displaced after their houses and enterprise have been decimated within the pure catastrophe.