They Confirm That All Former Hostages In Haiti Returned To The US

All the victims of a US missionary group who were kidnapped in Haiti have already left the country after two months of ordeal, announced the leader of his organization based in Ohio, who extended an offer of forgiveness to the captors.

“Everyone, including a 10-month-old baby and two boys ages 3 and 6, appear to be doing reasonably well,” said David Troyer, CEO of Christian Aid Ministries.

In a video statement, Troyer said Friday that a US-flagged plane took off Thursday afternoon from the Caribbean nation with the last 12 kidnapped missionaries, just hours after they were released.

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The latest hostages were released nearly two months after 16 Americans and one Canadian — including five children — were kidnapped by the 400 Mawozo gang, which had initially demanded a multimillion-dollar ransom. Five other hostages were released earlier.

Troyer did not comment on the circumstances under which the victims were released or whether any ransom was paid or any relief action was taken, but he thanked “the United States government and everyone else who helped bring our hostages back safely.”.

“Thank you for understanding our desire to pursue a non-violent approach,” he added without elaborating.

Christian Aid Ministries (CAM), based in Berlin, Ohio, is powered by the support of conservative Anabaptists, a range of Mennonite, Amish, and related groups characterized by nonresistance to evil, plain dress, and separation from society. dominant.

In keeping with Anabaptist teachings, which emphasize forgiveness, Troyer offered a conciliatory message to the kidnappers.

“A few words for the hijackers: We don’t know all the challenges you face. We believe that violence and oppression of others can never be justified. You caused our hostages and their families a lot of suffering,” he noted. “However, Jesus taught us that love is stronger than the hate of violent force. Therefore, we extend forgiveness to them.”

Troyer noted that the hostages had “prayed for their captors and told them about God’s love and the need for them to repent.”

The missionaries were kidnapped on Oct. 16 shortly after they visited an orphanage in Ganthier, in the Croix-des-Bouquets area, where they verified that the place had received assistance from CAM and played with children, Troyer said.

Authorities have said the 400 Mawozo gangs demanded a ransom of $1 million for each hostage, though it is unknown if the amount included children. The gang leader had threatened to kill the hostages if their demands were not met.

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