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Haitian gang that kidnapped seventeen American missionaries demands $1 million ransom per hostage

The gang behind the kidnapping of 17 American and Canadian missionaries in Haiti has demanded a ransom of up to $1million for each person. Haiti’s justice minister confirmed this on Tuesday.

Liszt Quitel, Haiti’s Minister of Interior and Local Authorities, said in a phone interview that ‘the demand was made to the country chief of the Christian Aid Ministries’ and that the 400 Mawozo gang had “asked for $1 million per person,” referring to the kidnapped missionaries. “Often these gangs know these demands cannot be met and they will consider a counter offer from the families, and the negotiations can take a couple of days sometimes, or a couple of weeks.”

Quitel added that the gang did not give any indication of a deadline for the payment. Quitel said the gang has certain locations to hold their prisoners and that they remain insistent on their demands despite warnings from the Haitian government not to harm any of the hostages. An insider revealed that the hostages were safe, adding that the gang members who contacted the authorities were also calm.

The missionaries were made up of five men, seven women, and five children. The missionaries were also affiliated with the Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries. The FBI and the State Department have been working with the US Embassy in Haiti along with the Haitian authorities to recover the hostages, according to the New York Times.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that US President Joe Biden has been briefed regarding the situation and has been receiving updates from the State Department and the FBI regarding the matter. “We can confirm their engagement and the US Embassy in Port-au-Prince is coordinating with local authorities and providing assistance to the families to resolve the situation,” said Psaki.

ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: TAMPA BAY

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