12 North American missionaries were still in captivity after a group of 17 people were kidnapped last October 16 by an armed gang in Haiti who were released on Thursday, two months after the kidnapping, a non-governmental organization that specializes in kidnappings reported.
“Yes, they confirmed the information. They were released this morning,” Gideon Jean, director of the Haitian Center for the Analysis of Human Rights Research (CARDH), told Efe.
Neither the Haitian National Police nor their religious group, Christian Aid Ministries, have confirmed this information at this time.
On November 21, two members of the group were released, and on December 5, three more people were released, although their identities have not been revealed for security reasons.
The kidnapped group consists of 17 people, 16 of American nationality and one Canadian, including missionaries and 5 children of their relatives.
The missionaries were kidnapped by 400 Mawozo gangs in Croix-des-Bouquets, a poor neighborhood on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, when they were returning home by bus after visiting an orphanage in Ganthier, near the Haitian capital. .
The kidnappers demanded a ransom of $17 million, one for each of the kidnapped, and also demanded the release of one of their leaders, who is serving a sentence in the national prison.
Random kidnappings have become common in Haiti, but it is not as uncommon for hostages to spend two months in captivity as in the case of the North American group.
Kidnappings have escalated dramatically in recent months, after the assassination of President Jovenel Moise, which took place on July 7 and caused great instability in the country.
CARDH has counted 949 cases of kidnapping so far this year, including 55 foreigners from five countries.