The leader of the Haitian gang that kidnapped 17 missionaries is threatening to kill them if he doesn’t receive a ransom of up to $1 million for each person.
‘I swear by thunder that if I don’t get what m asking for, I will put a bullet in the heads of these Americans,’ 400 Mawozo leader Wilson Joseph said in a video posted to social media Thursday.
Joseph – who goes by the alias Lanmò San Jou or ‘Death Without Days’ – issued the threat as he stood in front of open coffins apparently holding several members of his gang who were recently killed.
Although he has formally issued his ransom demands to the country chief of Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries, the nonprofit ministry affiliated with the group, he has yet to issue a deadline for the payment.
The 17 American and Canadian missionaries and their families were forced out of a bus at gunpoint after visiting an orphanage on Saturday in the suburbs of Port-au-Prince and taken captive.
It remains unclear if Joseph’s $1 million per person demand includes the five children in the group, among them an 8-month-old.
The gang leader also threatened Prime Minister Ariel Henry and the chief of Haiti’s National Police, Léon Charles, in his Thursday address.
‘You guys make me cry. I cry water. But I’m going to make you guys cry blood,’ Joseph said, referencing the deceased members of 400 Mawozo.
Neither Henry or Charles have publicly addressed the threat.
Weston Showalter, spokesman for Christian Aid Ministries, held a news conference Thursday before the video surfaced.
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Source: Daily Mail