In the capital, Port-au-Prince, gang members kidnapped up to 17 missionaries and their family members, the latest in a string of kidnappings in the country.
According to a former field director for the organization, Christian Aid Ministries, seventeen individuals, including five children, were abducted by a gang in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Saturday while visiting an orphanage.
According to Haitian authorities, the organization responsible for the kidnappings was one of the country’s most violent criminal groups. The group, known as 400 Mawozo, was accused of kidnapping five priests and two nuns earlier this year.
For several months, the organization has terrorized the suburbs by engaging in violent warfare with other gangs and kidnapping businesspeople and police officials.
According to a “prayer warning” issued by Christian Aid Ministries, the missionaries were based in Titanyen, some 11 miles north of Port-au-Prince.
The notice requested prayers, as well as the hope that “the gang members will come to repentance and trust in Christ.”
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According to a statement issued on Sunday, seven ladies and five men, as well as five children, were kidnapped. According to local officials, the kidnapped group included 16 Americans and one Canadian. Dan Hooley, the former field director, said a 2-year-old was among those kidnapped.