the missionaries who was captive in Haiti They found their freedom last week through a perilous nighttime escape, dodging their captors and walking for miles across rugged, moonlit terrain, with a baby and other children, authorities said Monday.
12 people were guided by the stars to reach safety after two months to kidnap, explained Monday at a press conference Chiefs of Christian Aid Ministries (CAM), the Ohio-based agency for which missionaries who were kidnapped.
A detailed description of their journey came after the announcement on Thursday that the missionaries had been released.
17 people of the missionary group, 12 adults and five minors, were kidnapped on October 16, shortly after visiting an orphanage in Ganthier, in the Croix-des-Bouquets region, where they were assured of help from CAM and played. With children, the agency said. The group included 16 Americans and one Canadian.
His captors, from the Mawozo 400 gang, demanded a ransom of millions of dollars. Five other abductees were released earlier. It is still not clear if any ransom has been paid.
CAM spokesperson Weston Showalter said the 12 people who fled last week were carrying an infant and a 3-year-old, splitting the infant to protect her from blackberries and weeds.
“After spending hours walking, dawn began and eventually they found someone who helped them make a call and ask for help,” he commented, intermittently. “They were finally free.”
The 12 were flown to Florida on a US Coast Guard flight, and were later reunited with five previously released hostages.
The camera showed some pictures at press conferences in which the assembled kidnappers appear, as well as a video clip chanting a song that inspired them during the period they were captives.