Three missionaries released in Haiti after kidnapping in October

FILE PHOTO: Catholics attend Sunday Mass in Port-au-Prince
FILE PHOTO: Max Leroy Mesidor, Archbishop of Port-au-Prince, holds up a banner that reads “You cannot kidnap my faith”, which he received as a gift from people worship during Sunday Catholic Mass at the Chapelle de l’Immaculee Conception de l’HUEH in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, October 31, 2021. REUTERS / Adrees Latif / File Photo

December 6, 2021

By Katharine Jackson

(Reuters) – Three missionaries kidnapped in Haiti in October have been freed, the US State Department and the Ohio-based mission group that organized the group’s trip to the Caribbean nation said on Thursday. Two.

“We are grateful to God that three more hostages were freed last night. Those released are safe and appear to be in good spirits,” the Ohio-based Department of Christian Aid said in a statement.

US State Department spokesman Ned Price on Monday confirmed the statement, adding that the US was continuing to work to secure the release of the others.

Haitian National Police spokesman Garry Desrosiers said the three were released on Sunday night. He declined to give more details, citing security concerns for the rest of the hostages.

Sixteen Americans and one Canadian, including five children, were kidnapped after visiting an orphanage. The case has highlighted Haiti’s serious kidnapping problem, which has worsened in recent months amid economic troubles and political upheaval.

Two other ministry team members were released last month.

(Reporting by Katharine Jackson in Washington; Additional reporting by Gessika Thomas in Port-au-Prince; Editing by Susan Heavey and Matthew Lewis) Three missionaries released in Haiti after kidnapping in October


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