Remaining Kidnapped Missionaries in Haiti Freed

The 400 Mawozo gang in Haiti has released the remaining 12 hostages it abducted after weeks of negotiations.

“We confirm the release of the 12 people who remained. We cannot give more details at the moment,” Haitian police spokesman Gary Desrosiers said. 

The missionaries and their family members, a group of 16 Americans and one Canadian, were abducted on October 16 while returning from an orphanage in an area east of Port-au-Prince.

The group had traveled to Haiti on a trip organized by Christian Aid Ministries, a church group based in the US state of Ohio.

There were five children in the group, including an eight-month-old infant. 

Haitian authorities said a Haitian gang known as 400 Mawozo abducted the missionaries, and in recent weeks, released five of the hostages.

“We glorify God for answered prayer – the remaining twelve hostages are free!” Christian Aid Ministries posted on its website on Thursday.

The kidnappers had originally demanded a ransom of $1m per hostage.

According to the Center for Analysis and Research in Human Rights (CARDH), hundreds of people have been kidnapped for ransom since January in Haiti. 

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