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Haiti - FLASH : The «400 Mawozo» gang did not release the 12 hostages, they escaped
21/12/2021 07:14:27

Haiti - FLASH : The «400 Mawozo» gang did not release the 12 hostages, they escaped
Monday, December 20, 2021, Christian Aid Ministries confirmed that the 12 American hostages member of the religious congregation, were not released but escaped on their own, contrary to the statements of the inspector Divisional, Garry Desrosiers, Spokesman for the National Police of Haiti (PNH) "We confirm the release of the 12 people who remained hostage" stressing that he could not" give more details for the moment" hhttps://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-35497-haiti-flash-the-gang-400-mawozo-released-all-the-american-hostages.html "After several days of waiting and no action [to release them] God has worked miraculously to allow the hostages to escape" said David Troyer, Director of Christian Aid Ministries,

Weston Showalter, a spokesperson for the Ohio-based missionary congregation, at a virtual press conference explained that the group of 12 remaining hostages (1 10 month old baby, 1 three year old boy 2 teenagers, 5 men and 3 women) managed to outsmart their guards on the night of December 15-16 after planning several unsuccessful escape attempts and escape.

"When they sensed the timing was right, they found a way to open the door that was closed and blocked [...] left the place that they were held [...] avoiding numerous guards [...] they had wrapped the baby in clothes to protect it from prickly briars as they traversed in silence over difficult terrain [...] the group traveled towards a mountain they had seen a few days earlier, using constellations to guide themselves they walked for hours in gang territory for maybe 15 km through woods and thickets in the dark, at dawn they found someone who helped them make a call and ask for aid to the authorities" said moved Showalter "They were finally free" [After 2 months of captivity]

Separately, regarding the captivity of the hostages Showalter said that the gang members did not physically assault the hostages, although they threatened them, adding that the kidnappers had provided them with hygiene products and ventilators for the heat, but the contaminated water had made them sick and they suffered from hunger and insomnia.

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