(DailyVantage.com) – To say things in Haiti are tense would be an enormous understatement. Since the recent assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, it’s been one incident after another, including the kidnapping of 17 missionaries on October 16. Now, captors have freed 2 of them, but 15 still remain captive over a month later.
On Sunday, November 21, the Ohio-based organization, Christian Aid Ministries, confirmed two captives’ release but would not give any more details, including the names or any reason for the release.
2 of the hostages held in Haiti for more than a month were released on Sunday according to the missionary group who organized the service trip. 16 U.S. citizens and 1 Canadian were abducted visiting an orphanage outside Port Au Prince. @albamonica reports.https://t.co/Nk68bZSyB1
— NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) November 22, 2021
The organization did say those released were “safe, in good spirits, and being cared for.” A spokesperson asked people in the know about the situation to maintain discretion to protect the remaining captives.
The 400 Mawozo gang, notorious for kidnappings throughout the country, took the hostages — 16 US citizens and a Canadian. In the past, they have released captives for age and health-related reasons.
The gang initially demanded $1 million per hostage, but it wasn’t immediately clear whether any money exchanged hands for the two hostages.
According to The New York Times, Christian Aid Missionaries continues to negotiate with the gang to secure the release of the rest of the group.
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