The church organization to which the missionaries are affiliated, Christian Aid Ministries, reports that two members have been released. They are doing well.
“We can only provide limited information, but can report that the two released hostages are safe, in good health and currently being cared for,” the organization said in a statement.
“We cannot yet reveal the names of those who have been released, the reasons for their release, the country they come from and where they are at the moment.”
Visit to orphanage
Just over a month ago, 12 American and Canadian missionaries and five children were kidnapped by a Haitian gang. They were visiting an orphanage in the capital Port-au-Prince when the kidnapping took place.
The gang, 400 Mawozo, demanded a ransom of 17 million dollars (almost 15 million euros). Later, the gang leader threatened to “put a bullet through the heads of the Americans” in a video. The police have been looking for this leader for some time. He is suspected of all kinds of crimes, including murder, kidnapping and robbery of freight vehicles.
In the spring, Catholic priests and their families were kidnapped. Then ransom was paid for two people and the other eight were also released.
Assassination of President
The number of kidnappings in Haiti has risen sharply since the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse in July. Gangs are taking control of more and more land.