US Religious Group Says 17 Missionaries Kidnapped in Haiti | World news
By DÁNICA COTO, Associated Press
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) – A group of 17 American missionaries, including children, were abducted in Haiti on Saturday, according to a voicemail message sent to various religious missions by an organization with direct knowledge of the incident.
The missionaries were returning home after building an orphanage, according to a message from Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries.
“This is a special prayer alert,” the one-minute post said. “Pray that the gang members will repent.”
The message indicates that the field director of the mission is working with the United States Embassy, and that the family of the field director and another unidentified man remained at the ministry base while everyone else visiting. orphanage have been removed.
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No further details were immediately available.
A spokesperson for the US government said he was aware of the information about the kidnapping.
“The well-being and security of US citizens abroad is one of the State Department’s highest priorities,” the spokesperson said, declining to comment further.
Haiti is again grappling with a spike in gang-related kidnappings that declined after President Jovenel Moïse was fatally shot at his private home on July 7.
AP journalist Evens Sanon in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, contributed to this report.
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