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Efforts drag on to free 17 missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

Haiti US Kidnapped Missionaries
Posted at 10:07 PM, Oct 20, 2021

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Efforts to win the return of 17 members of a U.S.-based missionary group and a local driver have stretched into a fourth day, with a violent gang demanding $1 million ransom per person.

The group seized includes five children aged from 8 months to 15 years, although authorities are not clear whether the ransom demand included them.

Sixteen of the abductees are Americans and one Canadian.

The Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries says it will hold a day of fasting and prayer for its missionaries Thursday.

A watchdog group says at least 119 kidnappings were recorded in Haiti for the first half of October.

It says a Haitian driver was abducted along with the missionaries.