Christian Aid Ministries in Ohio stated on Monday that a gang in Haiti has released three more hostages, while another 12 remain captives.
The Berlin, Ohio-based organization said the people were released on Sunday in Haiti, and are “safe and seem to be in good spirits.”
It was back on Nov. 21 that the religious organization announced that the 400 Mawozo gang had released the first two hostages of a group of 17 that were kidnapped in mid-October.
Christian Aid Ministries has been active in Haiti since the major earthquake in 2010 killed more than 200,000 people, although the organization paused its work in 2019 and 2020 over safety concerns.
There were 12 adults and five children in the group of 16 U.S. citizens and one Canadian, including an 8-month-old. Sixteen of the group come from Amish, Mennonite, and other conservative Anabaptist communities in Ohio, as well as Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and other states, including one Canadian.
The leader of the 400 Mawozo gang has threatened to kill the hostages unless his demands are met. Authorities have said the gang was seeking $1 million per person, although it wasn’t immediately clear if that included the children in the hostage group.
“We are thankful to God that three more hostages were released last night,” said the statement from Christian Aid Ministries. “As with the previous release, we are not able to provide the names of the people released, the circumstances of the release, or any other details.”