Updated Dec 20, 2021 - World

All remaining missionaries kidnapped in Haiti are free, Christian group says

People in Haiti protest against the country's spike in kidnappings in November.

People in Haiti protest against the country's spike in kidnappings in November. Photo: RICHARD PIERRIN/AFP via Getty Images

The 12 remaining members of a Christian missionary group who were kidnapped by a Haitian gang in October are safe, Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries said Thursday.

The big picture: The news comes two months after police say the 400 Mawozo gang kidnapped 17 U.S. and Canadian missionaries in Port-au-Prince and demanded a ransom. Five of the abducted missionaries had previously been released.

What they're saying: "We are tremendously relieved for them and their families, with whom they will soon be reunited," the State Department said in a statement Thursday.

  • "The Administration remains committed to Haiti’s future and supporting the safety and prosperity of the Haitian people. We will continue to support the Haitian National Police to improve security for all Haitians, as well as U.S. citizens in Haiti."
  • "We glorify God for answered prayer—the remaining twelve hostages are FREE!" Christian Aid Ministries said in a statement.
  • "Thank you for your fervent prayers throughout the past two months. We hope to provide more information as we are able."

Editor's note: This article's headline and story have been updated with new details from Christian Aid Ministries, clarifying the group of 12 escaped captivity, and were not released by the Haitian gang.

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