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Haiti: Kidnappers target another church, ask for $1 million to release worshippers

For the second time in as many weeks, suspected gang members have kidnapped worshippers near or inside a church, drawing more outcry to stop the ongoing violence in Haiti. 

In their latest brazen act, alleged gang members nabbed five priests, two nuns and three members of a priest’s family around the Saint Jacques Catholic church in Croix-des-Bouquets, a commune near Port-au-Prince, on Sunday. The group of worshippers was on its way to witness the installation ceremony of Father Jean Anel Joseph when the crime occurred. 

Members of the 400 Mawozo gang are suspected of carrying out the act, according to police in media reports.

“We can’t anymore,” said members of the Haitian Conference of Worshippers in a statement released to the public Sunday. “Not a day goes without weeping and gnashing of teeth and yet the so-called leaders of this country, while clinging to power, are increasingly helpless.”

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