They confirm that all former hostages in Haiti returned to the United States

All the victims of an American missionary group who were kidnapped in Haiti have already left the country after two months of ordeal, announced the leader of his organization based in Ohio, who extended an offer of forgiveness to the captors.

“Everyone, including a 10-month-old baby and two boys, ages 3 and 6, seem to be doing reasonably well,” said David Troyer, CEO of Christian Aid Ministries.

In a video statement, Troyer said Friday that a US-flagged plane took off from the Caribbean nation Thursday afternoon with the last 12 missionaries kidnapped, just hours after they were released.

The last hostages were released nearly two months after 16 Americans and one Canadian – including five children – were kidnapped by the 400 Mawozo gang, which had initially demanded a multi-million dollar ransom. Five other hostages were released earlier.

Troyer did not comment on the circumstances in which the victims were released or if a ransom was paid or if there was any relief action, but he thanked “the United States government and everyone else who helped bring our hostages back safely.” .

“Thank you for understanding our desire to seek a non-violent approach,” he added without elaborating.

Christian Aid Ministries (CAM), based in Berlin, Ohio, works thanks to the support of conservative Anabaptists, a range of Mennonite, Amish and related groups that are characterized by non-resistance to evil, simple dress and their separation from society. dominant.

In keeping with Anabaptist teachings, which prioritize forgiveness, Troyer offered a conciliatory message to the kidnappers.

“A word for the kidnappers: We don’t know all the challenges they face. We believe that violence and oppression of others can never be justified. You caused our hostages and their families a lot of suffering, ”he said. “However, Jesus taught us that love is stronger than the hatred of violent force. Therefore, we extend forgiveness to them ”.

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Troyer noted that the hostages had “prayed for their captors and told them about God’s love and the need for them to repent.”

The missionaries were abducted on Oct. 16 shortly after they visited an orphanage in Ganthier, in the Croix-des-Bouquets area, where they verified that the place had received CAM assistance and played with children, Troyer noted.

Authorities have said the 400 Mawozo gang demanded a $ 1 million ransom for each hostage, although it is unknown whether the amount included the children. The gang boss had threatened to kill the hostages if his demands were not met.

 

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