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Religious organization workers Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries, confirmed that an unidentified person paid a ransom to free three missionaries kidnapped in Haiti, in an agreement that was expected to end with the release of the 15 hostages.
The criminal group, in principle, had demanded a million dollars in exchange for each hostage. However, whoever paid an undisclosed amount is not a member of the religious organization.
What seems to have been conflicts within the criminal gang caused it to retract the commitment it had made in the beginning, to free all the hostages, so on December 5 he only released three.
On December 20, members of the top leadership of the religious organization said there was a person outside the group who offered to pay the ransom, but then the payment was not revealed. And it is that the principles of Christian Aid Ministries did not allow him to pay any ransom, and instead offered pantries, which the kidnappers rejected.
“Throughout all of this, Christian Aid Ministries upheld a no-ransom policy. But there was a donor who offered to lead the negotiations and deal with the situation, so we accepted that offer. A ransom was paid, but I don’t think (the gang members) intended to release the hostages, ”Philip Mast, a member of the group’s executive committee, said recently.
In October they were kidnapped in Haiti 16 missionaries from the United States and one from Canada.
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