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All From Ohio Based Missionary Group Freed In Haiti, Police Say

This Oct. 21, 2021, photo shows a sign outside Christian Aid Ministries in Titanyen, Haiti, which had 17 of their members kidnapped by the 400 Mawozo gang. Two of 17 abducted members of a missionary group have been freed in Haiti and are safe, “in good spirits and being cared for,” their Ohio-based church organization, Christian Aid Ministries, announced Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021.
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This Oct. 21, 2021, photo shows a sign outside Christian Aid Ministries in Titanyen, Haiti, which had 17 of their members kidnapped by the 400 Mawozo gang. Two of 17 abducted members of a missionary group have been freed in Haiti and are safe, “in good spirits and being cared for,” their Ohio-based church organization, Christian Aid Ministries, announced Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021.

Haitian police spokesman Gary Desrosiers said that a kidnapping gang has released all remaining hostages from an Ohio-based missionary group.

Seventeen members of the group from Christian Aid Ministries, a Millersburg-based church organization, were captured two months ago. Five had been freed in earlier releases.

The group from Christian Aid Ministries were kidnapped by the 400 Mawozo gang on Oct. 16 when they were reportedly headed back to their commune after visiting an orphanage near east of the capital Port-au-Prince.

There were five children in the group of 16 U.S. citizens and one Canadian. Their Haitian driver also was abducted.

Three days after the abduction, the gang demanded $1 million per person in ransom money. Then two days later, the leader of the 400 Mawozo gang released a video saying he will kill them if he doesn’t get what he is demanding.

Desrosiers gave no further details on the group's release.