The United States has seen “proof of life” of some missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

The United States Government has seen "tests" that at least some of the 17 members of a group of missionaries and their families who were kidnapped twenty days ago in Haiti are still alive, a senior US official reported Friday.

"I know we have received proof of life"said the official, who requested anonymity, in a telephone press conference with a small group of media, including Efe. The source did not specify whether Washington has verified that all or only some of the abductees are still alive, of which 16 were Americans and one was Canadian, and did not want to give more details about it. The group is in the hands of the 400 Mawozo criminal gang, one of the most dangerous in Haiti and which controls the Croix-des-Bouquets district, where on October 16 they captured the victims, including five children. The White House has made it clear that it will not negotiate with the captors, who are asking for a ransom of 17 million dollars, one for each of the kidnapped, all of them belonging to the religious organization Christian Aid Ministries. However, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has sent agents to Haiti to locate the hostages, and the White House has assured that it is evaluating "all possible options" to get his release. At the headquarters that the Christian organization has in Haiti, in the town of Titanyen, north of Port-au-Prince, they have also not heard from the state of their co-religionists since they were captured, after visiting an orphanage on the outskirts of the capital on October 16. . Kidnappings have become routine and indiscriminate in Haiti in recent months, although the victims are usually Haitian citizens and their captivity does not transcend as did this case, which has caused international commotion. The latest kidnapping figures offered by the Center for Analysis and Research of Human Rights (CARDH) place the abductions reported in Haiti from the beginning of the year to mid-October at 747, a fortnight in which 119 victims were registered, which represents a exponential growth of this crime. Haitians, immersed in a deep crisis of violence, are now focused on obtaining fuel, whose distribution was blocked for weeks by armed gangs, leaving activity in the country practically paralyzed, given their dependence on fuel to generate electricity.

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