On Sunday, Christian Aid Ministries – a US-based organisation that supports Haitians largely through donations, and supplies shelter, food and clothing to children – released a statement saying it continued to “pray for the full resolution of this situation”.
“While we rejoice at this release, our hearts are with the 15 people who are still being held,” the statement added.
Seizing vehicles and all of their occupants for ransom is one of the main activities that the 400 Mazowo uses to finance itself.
In April, the gang abducted a group of Catholic clergy, who were later released. It is not clear if a ransom was paid.
Haiti has one of the highest rates of kidnapping in the world, as powerful gangs exploit the lawless situation to make money from ransom payments.
This year has been particularly bad, with nearly 800 kidnappings reported before the end of October.
The rise has come in the wake of President Jovenel Moïse’s assassination in July, as rival factions fight to gain control of the country in the face of a struggling police force.
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