Haiti: The three catholic members who were kidnapped during live streaming on the day of Good Friday in Haiti are now released. This incident happened earlier this month on 2 April.
People around the world expressed shock at the kidnapping as the video went viral on social media.
Officials declared that the 3 catholic members had been released, but the other seven people, including a French nun and a French priest – abducted are still kidnapped.
The kidnappers have demanded an amount of $1m (£722,000) money in return after they seized the group. Haiti’s President Jovenel Moise has stated that “He will do everything within the law to make sure the release of the people.”
A spokesperson for the Bishop’s conference of the island nation told the AFP on Thursday, “The French were not published. There were no lay forms among those released.”
It is still not confirmed whether kidnappers were paid a ransom in the release of these three catholic officials.
One of the police sources has stated that probably a gang is behind the abduction of the officials.
Whereas the Catholic church has called the circumstances “a descent into the hell.”
On the 2nd of April, armed men burst into the church and kidnapped the Catholic officials. The function was live streaming on social media. This kidnapping has disturbed the Haitians.
The crime rate in Haiti is very high. Some areas are worsening than the others. According to a United Nation Integrated office report, there were a total of 234 kidnappings reported in the year 2020. As crime per rate, Haiti stands on 69.92 and ranks 36th. (66 percent more than the US).
Violent crimes like- kidnapping, stealing, carjacking, armed robbery are common in Haiti. Even for tourists, Haiti is not considered a safe place because of these crimes. Travellers are sometimes followed and are violently attacked and are then robbed.