US: “We will do everything possible” to release 17 hostages in Haiti

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THE US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, is on tour in Latin America and from Quito, its capital Equatorial, announced that the Government of Joe Biden will do “everything possible” to free 17 citizens of the country and its Canada who kidnapped a gang in Haiti. In the meantime, at Port-au-Prince it became known that the kidnappers demanded ransom $ 17 million.

The American authorities are “unceasingly” focused “on this issue”, noted Mr. Blinken. “We will do everything possible to help resolve this crisis,” he added. FBI working on the case.

“Unfortunately, this is a symptom of a much bigger security problem,” she said Haiti, which has become “simply intolerable”, added the head of their diplomacy USA.

The kidnappers who abducted 17 of their citizens last Saturday (16/10) USA. and his Canada -Among them five children– in the eastern suburbs of its capital Haiti are asking for a ransom of $ 17 million, they confirmed to French Agency sources close to the security forces provided they are not named.

Gang members 400 Mawozo, who has been in control of the area where a group of missionaries and members of their families were circulating for months, are demanding $ 1 million for each hostage, according to information gathered by the news agency.

THE List Kitel, ΥHaiti Minister of Justice, confirmed the involvement of the specific gang, stating in the newspaper «Washington Post» that the kidnappers demanded huge sums, which, however, were reduced during the negotiations. He clarified that his team did not take part in the negotiations.

On Sunday (17/10), the organization Christian Aid Ministries, of which the abducted missionaries are members, said her abducted group consisted of “five men, seven women and five children”, without specifying their ages. The religious organization, based in the state Ohio, noted that its members were returning after a visit to an orphanage when they were abducted.

In April, ten people, including two citizens France – a priest and a nun – were abducted for 20 days by the gang 400 Mawozo in the same area, between the capital Port-au-Prince and on the border with Dominican Republic.

The government of USA. classifies the Haiti in the list of countries where it instructs its citizens not to travel, mainly due to the escalation of kidnappings, with victims “often” Americans.

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