Two Christian Hostages Released in Haiti

Two of the 17 American and Canadian Christian missionaries kidnapped in Haiti last month have been released, according to the organization that organized their trip to the Caribbean country.

QUICK FACTS:
  • “We have learned that two of the hostages in Haiti were released,” Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries said in a statement.
  • According to Reuters, 16 Americans and one Canadian, including five children, were abducted in October after visiting an orphanage.
  • The incident has highlighted Haiti’s kidnapping epidemic.
  • Haitian officials have previously said a gang known as 400 Mawozo was demanding $1 million per person ransom, notes Reuters.
  • “A man identifying himself as the leader of the gang said in a video posted on YouTube last month that he was willing to kill hostages if he did not get what he wanted,” according to the report.