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Haiti needs a new, improved UN mission (Charles T. Call, Brookings)

Haiti has experienced decades of insecurity and political instability, but 2021 has been alarming. The October kidnapping of 17 American and Canadian missionaries and their Haitian driver is the highest-profile example of skyrocketing kidnappings that have affected some 782 people this year, 30% of them since September 1. These kidnappings extend to busloads of people being snatched for ransom. Average people fear for their safety, and the state has shown itself impotent in the face of over 90 gangs that compete for resources and territory.

Haiti needs a new, improved UN mission (brookings.edu)

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Two of 17 missionaries kidnapped in Haiti released (Al Jazeera)

Two of the 17 Christian missionaries kidnapped in Haiti last month have been released, according to the group’s United States-based church organisation.

In a statement on Sunday, the Christian Aid Ministries said, “We have learned that two of the hostages in Haiti were released.”

Two of 17 missionaries kidnapped in Haiti released | News | Al Jazeera

Children walk past the Christian Aid Ministries headquarters in Titanyen, north of Port-au-Prince. Seventeen members of the US-based missionary group and their Haitian driver were kidnapped by a gang on October 16 as they left an orphanage where they worked [File: Matias Delacroix/AP Photo]

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Haiti gang leader threatens to kill American missionary hostages (Al Jazeera)

The leader of the Haitian gang suspected of kidnapping 17 members of a missionary group from the United States has threatened to kill the hostages if his demands are not met.

Wilson Joseph, leader of the 400 Mawozo gang, issued the ultimatum in a video posted on social media on Thursday.

Haiti gang leader threatens to kill American missionary hostages | Crime News | Al Jazeera

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Will Haiti need international action to bring back stability? (Al Jazeera)

A criminal gang in Haiti is demanding $1m for each of the 17 American and Canadian missionaries abducted near Port-au-Prince last week.

The youngest hostage is just eight months old.

The latest violent kidnapping has drawn international attention to Haiti’s instability, which has worsened since the assassination of President Jovenel Moise in July.

The Caribbean nation has lurched from crisis to crisis – from natural disasters to lawlessness and poverty.

So, will international action be needed to help Haitian officials bring back control?

Presenter: Mohammed Jamjoom

Guests:

Eugenia Charles – Executive director of Fondasyon Mapou, which promotes Haitian culture, education and human rights

Francois Guillaume II – Ambassador of Haiti to Qatar

Jake Johnston – Senior research associate at the Center for Economic and Policy Research

Will Haiti need international action to bring back stability? | News | Al Jazeera

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Haitian gang demands $1m each for kidnapped US missionaries (Al Jazeera)

A gang that kidnapped members of a Christian missionary group from the United States is demanding $1m in ransom per person, a top Haitian official told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

The official, who was not authorised to speak to the press, said someone from the 400 Mawozo gang called in the ransom demand shortly after kidnapping the missionaries on October 16.

Haitian gang demands $1m each for kidnapped US missionaries | Crime News | Al Jazeera

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Haitians strike to protest insecurity, US seeks hostages release (Al Jazeera)

The streets of Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince were quiet on Monday as Haitians engaged in a general strike to protest worsening insecurity and gang violence after the abduction of a group of Christian missionaries.

“The population cannot take it anymore,” said Holin Alexis, a moto-taxi driver who joined the strike.

Haitians strike to protest insecurity, US seeks hostages release | Human Rights News | Al Jazeera

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400 Mawozo gang kidnapped the missionaries: Haiti police (Al Jazeera)

A notorious Haitian gang known for brazen kidnappings and killings has been accused by police of kidnapping 17 Christian missionaries, including five children, from a US-based organisation.

The 400 Mawozo gang snatched the group in Ganthier, east of the capital of Port-au-Prince, Haitian police inspector Frantz Champagne told The Associated Press (AP) news agency on Sunday.

400 Mawozo gang kidnapped the missionaries: Haiti police | Crime News | Al Jazeera

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Police in Haiti blame notorious gang for missionary kidnapping (Al Jazeera)

A notorious Haitian gang known for brazen kidnappings and killings has been accused by police of kidnapping 17 Christian missionaries, including five children, from a US-based organisation.

The 400 Mawozo gang snatched the group in Ganthier, east of the capital of Port-au-Prince, Haitian police inspector Frantz Champagne told The Associated Press (AP) news agency on Sunday.

Police in Haiti blame notorious gang for missionary kidnapping | Crime News | Al Jazeera

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17 US missionaries, including children, kidnapped in Haiti (Al Jazeera)

A group of 17 Christian missionaries from the United States, including children, have been kidnapped by gang members in Haiti’s capital, according to media reports.

The New York Times, citing security officials in Port-au-Prince, said the missionaries were abducted from a bus on Saturday.

17 US missionaries, including children, kidnapped in Haiti | News | Al Jazeera

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