Story at a glance

  • A gang abducted 17 people, including American missionaries and children, in Haiti on Saturday.
  • The gang demanded a $17 million ransom for their release.
  • The abduction is believed to have been committed by the 400 Mawozo gang, which controls the area where the missionaries were taken from.

A gang that abducted 17 people, including American missionaries and children, in Haiti has demanded a $17 million ransom for their release, The Washington Post confirmed on Tuesday.

The gang abducted 16 Americans and one Canadian national on Saturday who were in Haiti as part of the U.S.-based Christian Aid Ministries organization. Among the abducted were five children, including an 8-month-old.

“Usually they request more, then people close to the kidnapped persons will negotiate,” Haiti’s justice minister Liszt Quitel said. “Usually even when they ask for a ransom they know they don’t get all that they ask.”


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The abduction is believed to have been committed by the 400 Mawozo gang, which is known for committing mass abductions and controls the area where the missionaries were taken from.

“The president has been briefed and is receiving regular updates on what the State Department and the FBI are doing to bring these individuals home safely,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said during a press briefing Monday. “The FBI is part of a coordinated U.S. government effort to get the U.S. citizens involved to safety.”


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Published on Oct 19, 2021