The United States has confirmed the kidnapping in Haiti of a group of 17 people made up of missionaries and their families. The group is made up of 16 Americans and one Canadian: 12 adults (7 men and 5 women) and 5 minors. Kidnappings have become common in Haiti, as they have become a source of funding for armed gangs. Police sources cited by The New York Times attribute this last action to the band 400 Mawozo.
The group of the association of missionaries Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries was abducted Saturday while riding a bus after visiting an orphanage.
It was one of the kidnapped Americans who asked for help in a message posted on a WhatsApp group, he assured the newspaper The Washington Post a source familiar with what happened.
Since the beginning of the year, 628 kidnappings have been reported in the country, including 29 foreigners of three nationalities, according to the Center for Analysis of Research in Human Rights of Haiti (CARDH), which warns of an “exponential” increase in abductions. in the last two months.
Insecurity and violence have increased in the country since in July they assassinated the president of Haiti Jovenel Moise.
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