Experts Warn That Gang Leader ‘Death Without Days’ Will Demand $1 Million Ransom for Each of the 17 American and Canadian Missionaries – Including Five Children – His Group Abducted in Haiti

A gang behind the kidnapping of 17 US and Canadian missionaries in Haiti will demand a ransom of up to $1 million per head, experts have warned.

The captives, who include five children, the youngest just two years old, were forced out of a bus at gunpoint after visiting an orphanage on Saturday in the suburbs of the capital, Port-au-Prince.

Authorities suspect they were snatched by the notorious 400 Mawozo gang, whose thugs have abducted dozens of people already this year, including foreign nationals.

The missionaries belong to the Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries, an extremely well funded global organisation founded by Amish and Mennonites in 1981.

In a statement on its website, the organisation said: ‘Join us in praying for those who are being held hostage, the kidnappers and the families, friends and churches of those affected.’

Dan Hooley, a former director for the group, said that some of the missionaries had not been in Haiti for long.

One family had lived there for ‘a couple of months,’ he told The New York Times, and another man arrived on Friday to work on a relief project related to an earthquake that struck in August.

He described Christian Aid Ministries as ‘the big dog in the mission world,’ capable of importing containers full of medicines into Haiti whereas others ‘just can’t get it done.’

It reported a revenue of more than $130 million in 2019, largely through donations, and operates in 126 countries.

Gèdèon Jean, the executive director of the Center for Analysis and Research in Human Rights, an advocacy group in Port-au-Prince, told the NYT that kidnappers could ask as much as $1 million per hostage in ransom for each of the 17.

‘They’re going to negotiate,’ he said. The hostages ‘are going to be freed – that’s for sure. We don’t know in how many days, but they’re going to negotiate.’

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Source: Daily Mail