Two of the 17 members of a group of missionaries kidnapped in Haiti have been released and are safe, “in good spirits and are being treated,” the Ohio religious organization to which they belong announced on November 21st.
Christian Aid Ministries issued a statement saying it could not provide their names, the reason they were released, or additional information.
“Although we rejoice at their release, our hearts go out to the 15 people who remain captive”, the agency announced.
The missionary group, made up of 16 Americans and a Canadian — and which includes five children — was kidnapped by the 400 Mawozo gang on October 16. His Haitian driver was also kidnapped.
The leader of 400 Mawozo has threatened to kill the hostages unless the demands of the criminal group are met. Authorities have said the gang is demanding a $ 1 million ransom per person, although it is not yet known if this includes the kidnapped children.
The United States government has urged its citizens to leave Haiti due to deteriorating security conditions in the country and severe fuel shortages. Canada announced Friday that it was removing all non-essential personnel from its embassy.