The church group said the last 12 American missionaries abducted in Haiti made it to the US after escaping.

17 American and Canadian missionaries have kidnapped by a gang in Haiti in October all returned home and safe, with 5 released under unknown circumstances and 12 finally freeing themselves in a daring escape last week, The Ministry of Christian Aid said on Monday. The Ohio-based mission group said the last 12 detainees, including an infant and a 3-year-old child, escaped last Wednesday night and walked about 10 miles through ice territory. difficult party.

CAM spokesman Weston Showalter told reporters: “After some hours of walking, it started to dawn and they finally found someone who had phoned in for help. “They were finally free.” None of the 17 missionaries, who were reunited after the Coast Guard took 12 escaped to Florida, attended the press conference, but Showalter showed them in a video, singing a hymn. He said none of those arrested were physically harmed by gang members.

The 400 Mawozo gang arrested 16 Americans and their Canadian driver on October 16 demanding 17 million dollars ransomand CAM did not say whether any payments were made to secure the release of the first five missionaries. CAM general manager David Troyer said backers had raised funds for a possible ransom, but he did not say if any money had been used for that purpose.

CAM is staffed and supported by Anabaptists, a category that includes Mennonites, Amish, and related religious groups, who often dress modestly, separate from mainstream society, and practice irregularities. violence and not pursuing evil. The 17 missionaries arrested in Haiti were from Anabaptist communities in Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Oregon and Ontario, CAM said. The church group said the last 12 American missionaries abducted in Haiti made it to the US after escaping.


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