Haitian gang releases 2 Christian missionaries held hostage, 15 still being held

A Christian missionary group announced that two of the 17 missionaries of their group have been released after being held hostage by a Haitian gang.

Christian Aid Missionaries, which is based out of Ohio, made the announcement on Sunday but did not provide further information about the individuals released.

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Christian Aid Ministries in Berlin, Ohio is seen here on Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021. A group of 17 missionaries including children has been kidnapped by a gang in Haiti, according to a voice message sent to various religious missions by an organization with direct knowledge of the incident. The message from Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries said the missionaries were on their way home from building an orphanage. (AP Photo/Tom E. Puskar)
(AP Photo/Tom E. Puskar)

“We have learned that two of the hostages in Haiti were released. We praise God for this! Only limited information can be provided, but we are able to report that the two hostages who were released are safe, in good spirits, and being cared for,” the group said in a statement.

A custom sign stands outside Christian Aid Ministries in Titanyen, Haiti, Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021.  The leader of the 400 Mawozo gang that police say is holding 17 members of the kidnapped Christian Aid Ministries missionary group is seen in a video released Thursday saying he will kill them if he doesn’t get what he’s demanding. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

A custom sign stands outside Christian Aid Ministries in Titanyen, Haiti, Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021.  The leader of the 400 Mawozo gang that police say is holding 17 members of the kidnapped Christian Aid Ministries missionary group is seen in a video released Thursday saying he will kill them if he doesn’t get what he’s demanding. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)
(AP Photo/Matias Demroix)

15 of the group’s missionaries are still being held hostage by the 400 Mawozo gang. 

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On Oct. 16, the gang kidnapped 17 members of the group, which includes five children. 16 members are U.S. citizens, and one is Canadian. The group’s Haitian driver was also kidnapped.

People protest for the release of kidnapped missionaries near the Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries headquarters in Titanyen, north of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021.  (AP Photo/Joseph Odelyn)

People protest for the release of kidnapped missionaries near the Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries headquarters in Titanyen, north of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021.  (AP Photo/Joseph Odelyn)
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“We encourage you to continue to pray for the full resolution of this situation. While we rejoice at this release, our hearts are with the fifteen people who are still being held. Continue to lift up the remaining hostages before the Lord,” the group said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.  

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