FRANCEINFO DOCUMENT. Religious kidnapped in Haiti: one of the kidnappers demanded “a ransom of a million dollars”, testifies a priest

In a group of ten people kidnapped on Sunday in Haiti by an armed group, there were seven religious, including two French.

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Seven Catholic religious, five Haitians and two French, were kidnapped Sunday April 11 in Haiti by an armed group; the “400 Mawozo” according to the testimony of Father Jean-Marie Rosemond Joseph, member of the Society of Priests of Saint-Jacques, to which one of the kidnapped French belongs. He told Franceinfo that he had been able to talk to the kidnappers.

franceinfo: Have you been in contact with the kidnappers?

Father Jean-Marie Rosemond Joseph : A priest called me and passed me one of the members of the “400 Mawozo”. He told me that the people are in his hands and I have to pay a million dollar ransom or else they will “turn it into a barbecue”.

Are these their words?

Yes. And then he closed the phone.

Can you tell us more about this group of the “400 Mawozo”?

It’s a gang that is on the side of Croix-des-Bouquets, which has been operating in the country for a long time. They did a lot of harm, they kidnapped people, stole cars.

What state of mind are you in?

It’s a bit difficult, we don’t know how long it will last. There are old people, a lady about eighty years old, two diabetic priests. You can’t live like that, it’s criminal. How are we going to find a million dollars?

Aren’t you going to pay?

No, I do not think so. We are men of the Church, men of prayer, we are going to pray so that with the help of God, they can be freed.

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