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Open newsletter – february 21, 2022

from: Al Jazeera, Asia Times, Corriere della Sera, East Asia Forum, Euractiv, Global Times, Reuters, RFE RL, RUSI, TASS, The Interpreter, The Strategist  AFGHANISTAN The United Nations children’s agency says it will pay Afghan teachers a monthly stipend for at least two months. Salaries have been unpaid for months as the country plunged into economic crisis due […]

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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 […]

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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 | […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 | […]

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Haiti top diplomat asks UN Security Council for help with gangs (Al Jazeera)

Haiti’s top diplomat has called on the United Nations Security Council for help dealing with the country’s spiralling gang violence and crime. Foreign Minister Claude Joseph told the 15-member body on Monday that the existing UN political mission needs to pivot towards strengthening security and law enforcement institutions in Haiti, which is also in the […]

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Haiti facing stalled elections, kidnapping surge, rampant insecurity (UN News)

Still reeling from the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, on 7 July, the country was crippled on 14 August by a deadly 7.2 magnitude earthquake that affected over 800,000 people in its southwestern peninsula. Helen La Lime, Special Representative and head of the UN Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH) said that “long awaited” national and local elections have now […]