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Remaining Members of the Kidnapped Missionary Group of America Freed in Haiti, Police Say – NBC 6 South Florida

The remaining members of a mission group were kidnapped two months ago Haitian police and the group were freed, said Thursday.

Haitian National Police spokesman Gary Desrosiers confirmed to the Associated Press that the remaining hostages had been released, but did not immediately provide details.

“We glorify God because our prayers were answered – the remaining 12 hostages are FREE!” The Department of Christian Aid said in a statement. “Join us in praising God that all 17 of our loved ones are safe now.”

The Ohio team said it hopes to provide more information later.

The missionaries were kidnapped by the 400 Mawozo gang on October 16. There were 5 children in the group of 16 US citizens and one Canadian, including an 8-month-old child. Their Haitian driver was also kidnapped, according to a local human rights organization.

The leader of the 400 Mawozo gang has threatened to kill the hostages unless his demands are met. Authorities said the gang was demanding $1 million each, though it was not immediately clear whether children were included in the group.

In the past 10 years, Haiti has had to deal with two earthquakes, a Chikungunya virus outbreak, a COVID-19 cholera epidemic and the assassination of President Jovenel Moise. When all of that happens, some people will decide to emigrate, says former Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe of Haiti. He said the nation needed investment to address systemic issues around infrastructure and public health.

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