Gangs Kidnap American Missionaries and Families in Haiti

A group of 15-17 US missionaries and their families were taken off a bus at gunpoint by gang members after visiting an orphanage in the village of Croix-des-Bouquets, near the Haitian capitol of Port-au-Prince. 

The hostages are continuing to be held by the gang.

Details on the kidnapping are still emerging, but US officials said they were aware of the reports and working with Haitian law enforcement authorities, and that the safety of Americans abroad was one of its highest priorities.

Officials with Haiti’s justice ministry and the National Police have not commented to the media on the incident.

Haiti has one of the highest rates of kidnapping in the world, as powerful  gangs exploit the lawless situation to make money from ransom payments.

Hundreds of kidnappings were recorded in the first three quarters of 2021 according to local civil society groups.

Violent crime in Haiti – the poorest country in the Americas – has errupted  since the assassination of President Moïse and an earthquake the following month which killed thousands of people.

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