Haitian gang frees 3 other hostages from Christian Aid Ministries | News | DW
A Haitian gang freed three other people who were kidnapped in October while visiting an orphanage in the country.
The three were released on Sunday according to the American religious group which paid for their trip.
Twelve other people are still detained by the “400 Mawozo” gang.
“We thank God that three other hostages were released last night. Those who were released are safe and seem to be in good spirits,” Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries said Monday.
Two other members of the ministerial group were released in November.
After the kidnapping, the leader of the 400 Mawozo gang threatened to kill the hostage unless his demands were met. According to authorities, this included a ransom demand of $ 1 million (approximately â¬ 900,000) per person.
Christian Aid Ministries did not give the names of those released, why they were released or any other information.
A Haitian gang freed 5 of the 17 abducted members of an American missionary group. He has already demanded a ransom of a million dollars per person to set them free.
“We want all the hostages to be reunited with their loved ones,” he said.
Sixteen US citizens were among those abducted in October, along with one Canadian. The group includes 5 men, 7 women and 5 children.
They were taken on a trip to visit an orphanage east of the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince.
Troubles in Haiti
The release comes amid a continuing increase in kidnappings in Haiti. The US State Department is warning travelers to avoid visiting the country; “Kidnappings are widespread and victims regularly include US citizens.”
Haiti is still reeling from the political fallout after the July 7 presidential assassination, a magnitude 7.2 earthquake that struck in mid-August, and a severe fuel shortage.
Gang violence also continues to plague parts of the country. On Sunday, a gang leader known as “Ti Lapli” posted a video on YouTube warning people to avoid the capital’s Martissant district. It was the scene of violent clashes between warring gangs.
“The next few days will be difficult. We will not stand idly by against those who try to destroy us,” he said.
lo / msh (AFP, AP, Reuters)