As many as 17 Christian missionaries from the United States and their families (including women and children) were kidnapped by a Port-au-Prince gang on their way out of the orphanage, according to Haitian security officials.
Details of the kidnapping remained unknown, but local officials said missionaries had been kidnapped from a bus to the airport and dropped some members of the group before proceeding to another destination in Haiti.
Haiti has been in political turmoil for years, and the kidnapping of the rich and the poor is surprisingly common. But even in countries accustomed to widespread lawlessness, the kidnapping of such a large number of Americans shocked authorities because of their bravery.
Violence is on the rise in the capital, Port-au-Prince. Gangs currently dominate about half of the city, according to some estimates. On Monday, a gang shot a school bus in Port-au-Prince, injuring at least five people, including students, and another public bus was hijacked by the gang.
Security has collapsed due to the collapse of national politics. Furious with widespread corruption, demonstrators demanded the expulsion of President Jovenel Moise two years ago, effectively paralyzing the country. Standoffs prevented sick people from being treated in hospitals, children from school, workers from going to unusual jobs available, and even stopped electricity from flowing in parts of the country. ..
Since then, gangsters have become more aggressive. They are working at will, kidnapping and servicing children and ministers on their way to school.
After Moise was assassinated at home in July, the country’s political turmoil intensified. The murder remains unresolved. The remaining few officials soon began fighting for national rule, and factionism lasted for months, officials blaming each other for participating in a plot to kill the president. ..