Canadian kidnapped in Haiti with 16 Americans: missionaries – .

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Canadian kidnapped in Haiti with 16 Americans: missionaries – .


PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITITI – A missionary group comprising 16 Americans and a Canadian were kidnapped in Haiti on Saturday on their way to an orphanage, the Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries group announced on Sunday.

“We ask for urgent prayer for the group of Christian Aid ministry employees who were kidnapped while traveling to visit an orphanage on Saturday October 16,” he said in a statement, adding that seven women, five men and five children were taken away.

Gang members kidnapped the group after leaving an orphanage in this Caribbean country where violence has increased

since the assassination of President Jovenel Moise in July and an earthquake in August, CNN and The New York Times reported earlier.

Christian Aid Ministries did not provide any information on where the group could have been taken or on efforts to release them, other than saying “we are looking for God’s direction for a resolution, and the authorities are looking for ways to” to help “.

US Congressman Adam Kinzinger, a Republican from Illinois, told CNN the United States must find the group and see if they can negotiate their release without paying a ransom or should use the military or police. to guarantee their freedom.

“We need to locate where they are and see if negotiations – without paying a ransom – are possible.

whatever we need to do, on a military front or on a police front, ”said Kinzinger, member of the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee.

When asked if he could confirm the kidnapping, a spokesperson for the US State Department only said he was aware of the information, adding: “The welfare and safety of US citizens overseas is one of the State Department’s highest priorities.

The department had warned US citizens on August 23 against travel to Haiti, the poorest country in the Americas, citing the risk of kidnapping, crime, civil unrest and COVID-19.

Reporting by the Caribbean Newsroom; additional reporting by Barbara Goldberg in New York; written by Cassandra Garrison and Arshad Mohammed; edited by Nick Zieminski

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