Haiti Gang Leader Threatens To Assassinate Kidnapping Victims

Haiti Gang Leader Threatens To Assassinate Kidnapping Victims

(TheIndependentStar.com) – Anabaptist communities, such as the Amish and Mennonites, have strict antiviolence beliefs. Still, a group of these people serving as missionaries are currently in the center of a violent situation. The 400 Mawozo gang kidnapped 16 Americans and one Canadian in Haiti while they were returning to the US.

On October 21, a video began circulating on social media showing the gang’s leader, Wilson Joseph, threatening to kill all the hostages, including the five children, if he does not get the $17 million he’s demanding. He also issued threats against former Police Chief Leon Charles and Prime Minister Ariel Henry.

The video shows Joseph with a large cross around his neck in the streets of Croix-des-Bouquet. He was at the funeral of five gang members killed by police. He expressed outrage over the loss of his personnel and swore that if he doesn’t get what he wants, he will shoot the hostages in the head.

The missionaries are part of Christian Aid Ministries in Holmes County, Ohio. A spokesman, Weston Showalter, asked for prayers for those kidnapped and for their families.

The US has a team in Haiti working with local officials to free the hostages safely. In an October 18 press briefing, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the president receives regular updates on the situation. The FBI and State Department are working in coordination with the embassy in Port-au-Prince to try to bring the missionaries home. Psaki refused to give further details due to privacy and operational concerns.

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