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.
- “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.