Kidnapped missionaries, limited information

Postscript: After several searches (listed below), I found this current news: https://christianaidministries.org/updates/haiti-staff-abduction/

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I searched for current information and this is all I could find. We need to keep the individuals in our prayers!!

U.S. has seen proof of life for some kidnapped missionaries in Haiti, official says

Signs on the door of the Christian Aid Ministries give updates on the Haiti kidnapping and show the offices are closed in Millersburg, Ohio, U.S. October 21, 2021.      REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk/File Photo

WASHINGTON, Nov 5 (Reuters) – The U.S. government has seen proof that at least some members of the group of American and Canadian missionaries kidnapped in Haiti last month are alive, according to a senior Biden administration official.

The official, who declined to be named, did not give further detail

U.S. officials have been spearheading the efforts to safely retrieve the missionaries, who were on a trip organized by the Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries.

The sixteen Americans and one Canadian, including five children, were abducted after visiting an orphanage.

Liszt Quitel, Haiti’s interior minister, and Chenald Augustin, a spokesman for the office of Prime Minister Ariel Henry, did not respond to requests for comment.

The missionaries were not present in the video.

Haitian officials have said the gang is demanding $1 million per person ransom. The 400 Mawozo began as small-time local thieves and rose to become one of Haiti’s most feared gangs, controlling a swathe of territory east of the capital Port-au-Prince, according to security experts.

The incident has focused global attention on Haiti’s dire kidnapping problem, which has worsened amid economic and political crises and spiraling violence.

In July, President Jovenel Moise was assassinated and in September the prime minister dissolved the electoral council, postponing the planned November election. A new date has yet to be set.

The United States would like to see the country move toward elections but thinks more must be done to improve the security situation and internal dialogue first, the U.S. official said.

Reporting by Matt Spetalnick and Trevor Hunnicutt in Washington, Additional reporting by Brian Ellsworth in Miami, Editing by Rosalba O’Brien

Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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I keep searching, here is another story:

https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2021/november/haiti-christians-kidnapped-missionaries-release-gang-danger.html

 

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