Catholic clergy kidnapped in Haiti are released — Church groupFriday, April 30, 2021
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AFP) — The remaining Catholic clergy who were kidnapped in Haiti earlier in April have been released, a missionary group said Friday.
The Society of Priests of Saint Jacques said the clergy were freed but did not say if a ransom had been paid.
A total of 10 people were abducted in Croix-des-Bouquets, a town northeast of the capital Port-au-Prince, on April 11, including the seven clergy — three of whom have already been released.
The clergy members were a group of four priests and a nun from Haiti, as well as one priest and one nun from France. The three non-clergy were members of the family of a Haitian priest, who was not among those kidnapped.
"Our hearts are filled with joy because we have found our colleagues, the sisters and the family members of Father Jean Anel Joseph in good health," the missionary society said in a statement, without specifying whether a ransom has been paid.
Haiti, the poorest country in the Americas, is plagued by insecurity and natural disasters.
Kidnappings for ransom have surged in recent months in Port-au-Prince and other provinces, reflecting the growing influence of armed gangs in the Caribbean nation.
Haiti's government resigned and a new prime minister was appointed in the wake of the kidnappings, a move President Jovenel Moise said "will make it possible to address the glaring problem of insecurity and continue discussions with a view to reaching the consensus necessary for the political and institutional stability of our country."
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