On October 16, the group of Christian Aid Ministries, made up of 17 people including 5 children, was kidnapped after visiting an orphanage, west of the capital Port-au-Prince, in the heart of an under the grip of one of Haiti’s main gangs.
Five members of the group had previously been released separately in November and December.
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We walked in the brambles for two hours, we were in the gang lands, said one of those who escaped, quoted by the spokesperson.
On December 15, after several attempts, the group, which included a Canadian, succeeded in breaking down the door behind which they were being held captive and bypassing the attention of the guards.
The adults hid water in their clothes, protected the baby in blankets and carried the other two young children to escape and walk through the forest, Weston Showalter said.
According to the spokesperson, the hostages were not victims of violence during their confinement, and were fed, even though they suffered from contaminated water, hunger and lack of sleep.
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Christian Aid Ministries said they had raised money intended for ransom in order to continue negotiations, but declined to give further details, and the payment of any ransoms remains unknown.
In a video posted at the end of October on social networks, the leader of the armed gang threatened to execute the hostages.
Long confined to the poorest districts of the capital of this country mired in a deep political crisis and a spiral of violence, the gangs carry out their criminal activities with complete impunity.
The Center for Human Rights Analysis and Research, an organization based in Port-au-Prince, has recorded at least 949 kidnappings since the start of the year.