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US News: The Haitian authorities in the face of a new crisis after the removal of a group of Americans

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  Les autorités haïtiennes face à une nouvelle crise après l'enlèvement d'un groupe d'Américains © AFP / Archives

The fragile Haitian government was facing a new crisis after the removal the day before by a gang. From Port-au-Prince of seventeen missionaries and family members, sixteen American nationals and a Canadian, has indicated their religious organization.

"The group of sixteen American citizens and a Canadian citizen consist of five men, seven women and five children" says the press release issued Sunday by Christian Aid Ministries. "Join us for praying for those who are taken hostage, kidnappers and families, friends and churches of affected people" adds the organization based in the American state of Ohio.

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of Haitian NGOs called for the release of these kidnapped people on Saturday when they were circulating in the east of the capital, where the armed strips benefits from a safe vacuum and a political crisis aggravated by the assassination. July of President Jovenel Moses.

"The police are unable to face gangs that are more organized and always control more territories, in the metropolitan area (from Port-au-Prince) but also towards the provincial cities," lamented Gideon Jean, Director of the Center for Analysis and Research in Human Rights.

"Nature has horror of emptiness, so the gangs benefit to strengthen itself," he added, explaining the proliferation of gangs by "the absence of the state".

solicited by the

AFP , the Haitian police did not wish to react.

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The religious organization whose kidnapped missionaries are accurate in his communiqué that they came back from a visit to an orphanage when they were kidnapped with members of their families.

According to a Haitian security source, the gang called "400 Mawozo" diverted several vehicles circulating on roads they control, removing American and Canadian citizens and an indeterminate number of Haitians.

It was, for some of these members of the American organization, their first trip to

Haiti .

One of the kidnapped people has sent a desperate message on a WhatsApp group at the time the facts occurred, indicated the

Washington Post , citing a person aware of the details of the case.

"Pray for us please! We are selected hostage, they removed our driver. Pray to pray. We do not know where they are taking us," said the message according to the daily.

growing insecurity

The American authorities have for the moment bounded to say that "the well-being and security of American citizens abroad (were) one of the highest priorities of the State Department".

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"We are aware of this information and have nothing to add for the moment," said a spokesperson for the State Department on Sunday.

Haiti is classified as a country in red zone by the Government of the United States

which advises its nationals from getting there, in particular because of the many kidnappings, stating that "the victims regularly include American citizens." Before the kidnappings were committed Saturday, professional associations and Port-au-Prince companies had called for an unlimited strike from Monday to protest the growing climate of insecurity.

In April, ten people including two French religious had been sequestered 20 days by the gang "400 Mawozo" in the same region.

The armed tapes, which for years control the poorest districts of the Haitian capital, have extended their power over Port-au-Prince and its surroundings where they multiply the crapful kidnappings.

More than 600 cases have been identified on the first three quarters of 2021 against 231 at the same period in 2020, according to the Center for Human Rights Analysis and Research.

requiring ransoms sometimes exceeding the million dollars, gangs do not hesitate to claim decades of salaries to families living below the poverty line.

17/10/2021 23:15:23 - Port-au-Prince (AFP) - © 2021 AFP

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