An Ohio-based religious group announced Monday that a violent gang in Haiti has released three more hostages, while 12 others have been kidnapped.
Christian aid ministries said the people were released in Haiti on Sunday and were “safe and in good spirits.” The group did not provide any further details.
On 21 November, the religious organization announced that the 400 Mawzo gang had released the first two hostages of a group of 17 people kidnapped in mid-October. The group of 16 US citizens consists of 12 adults and five children and includes an 8-month-old.
The leader of the 400 Mawjo gang has threatened to kill the hostages if their demands are not met. Authorities have said the gang was seeking $1 million per person, although it was not immediately clear if the group included children.
“We are thankful to God that three more hostages were released last night,” said the statement from Christian Aid Ministries, an Anabaptist mission organization based in Berlin, Ohio. “As with previous releases, we are not able to provide the names of those released, the circumstances of the release, or any other details.”
The group reiterated its request for supporters to dedicate Monday to Wednesday as days of prayer and fasting “to intervene for those still being held as well as those who have been released.” “
The release comes amid an ongoing spike in kidnappings in the capital of Port-au-Prince and elsewhere in Haiti, which is struggling to recover from the July 7 presidential assassination, a mid-August 7.2-magnitude earthquake and a severe fuel shortage.
On Sunday, the leader of a gang known as “Tee Lapli” posted a YouTube video warning people not to cross through the Martian community in the days to come, which has sparked violent clashes between warring gangs. has been the site of.
“Insecurity has increased,” said the gang leader. “I invite the people of Martisant to stock up on food and gasoline. The next few days will be tough … We will not stand with our arms outstretched in front of those who try to destroy us.”