Inhabitants walk in an area of ​​Croix-des-Bouquets, in Port-au-Prince.


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Inhabitants walk in an area of ​​Croix-des-Bouquets, in Port-au-Prince.

Two of the seventeen Americans kidnapped more than a month ago by an armed gang in Haiti They were released and are safe, assured this Sunday the religious congregation to which they all belong, Christian Aid Ministries (CAM). In a statement posted on its website, the congregation stated that it received information that “two of the hostages in Haiti have been released.” after five weeks with no news on the whereabouts of the kidnapped group, made up of missionaries and their families. “We can only provide limited information, but we can confirm that the two hostages that have been released are safe, in good spirits, and they are taking care of them, “said the missionaries association, based in the state of Ohio, in the midwestern United States. The group said it continues to pray for” the fifteen people who are still kidnapped, “about whom it did not offer any information. Missionaries and their families, including 16 Americans and one Canadian, were kidnapped on October 16 after visiting an orphanage on the outskirts of the Haitian capital. The group, which included five children, fell into the hands of the criminal gang 400 Mawozo, one of the most dangerous in Haiti and which controls the Croix-des-Bouquets district, where they were kidnapped. The White House said three weeks ago that it had seen “proof of life” of at least some of them, and the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) sent agents to Haiti from the outset to try to locate them. The US Government made it clear at all times, however, that I would not negotiate with the captors, asking for a ransom of 17 million dollars, one for each of the kidnapped. The Center for Analysis and Research in Human Rights (CARDH), an NGO that has specialized in monitoring kidnapping cases, revealed that the 400 Mawozo also They demand the release of one of their leaders, who is serving a sentence in the National Penitentiary. In its brief statement, the missionary congregation said that could not confirm the names of the two released persons, where they are now and not “the reasons why they have been released”, and asked for discretion of those who are aware of what happened. The US State Department did not immediately respond to a question from Efe about whether it can confirm the release of two of the hostages. Indiscriminate kidnappings have become commonplace in Haiti and have skyrocketed especially in recent months, following the assassination of the president. Jovenel Moise, occurred on July 7 and caused great instability in the country. CARDH has counted 803 kidnappings between January and the end of October, including 54 foreigners from four countries, but it is not usual for the hostages to spend as much time being kidnapped as has happened in the case of the North American group.