The powerful 400 Mawozo gang recently kidnapped 17 missionaries, including a Canadian, demanding ransoms ranging from a few hundred to over a million dollars.
More than 300 kidnappings were reported to Haitian authorities between January and August of this year alone.
Karen Huxter of Springdale has established an interfaith Christian mission and school in Haiti which currently provides education to some 400 children.
She had to leave Haiti with her adopted son over a year ago in order for him to benefit from Canadian health services, but they were unable to return after being warned that it was just too dangerous.
Huxter laments that the Haiti she knows and loves no longer exists.
“My heart is here,” says Huxter, “I want to be there, and all the tears I have shed don’t help.
“The country as I knew it,” she sadly admitted, “is just not there”.
She says things have gotten so bad that the gangs are controlling the roads.
She believes the only way for her to return to the mission would be by taking a helicopter from Port-au-Prince, but she was told that even that would be too dangerous.