Haitian gang demands $ 17 million ransom for missionaries

The hijackers 17 Americans, including five children, in Haiti they ask for a ransom of 17 million dollars, said sources of the security services.

Members of the band “400 mawozo”, which for months has controlled the area where the group of missionaries and their families circulated on Saturday, they demanded a million dollars for each hostage, according to the sources who asked not to be identified.

The Minister of Justice, Liszt Quitel, confirmed the involvement of that armed gang and told a US newspaper that the kidnappers usually demand large sums that are later lowered in the negotiations. The minister said his team is not participating in the negotiations.

The organization Christian Aid Ministries, to which the abducted missionaries belong, said Sunday that the kidnapped are five men, seven women and five children. Sixteen are American and one Canadian.

Based in Ohio, the United States, the religious entity said in its statement that the group was returning from an orphanage when it was kidnapped on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince.

In April, 10 people, including two French religious, were kidnapped for 20 days by the “400 mawozo” gang in the same region between Port-au-Prince and the border with the Dominican Republic. Haiti is considered a red zone by the United States, which advised its citizens not to travel to that country due to the numerous kidnappings that, for the most part, “have Americans as victims.”

On the other hand, The United States reiterated yesterday that its policy is “not to negotiate” with those who kidnap its citizens and affirmed that its objective is to “bring home” the 16 American missionaries and one Canadian. who have been captured in Haiti.


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