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Haiti: all religious including two French released

The group included four priests and a Haitian nun as well as two French from the west of France: a nun from the department of Mayenne and a priest from Ille-et-Vilaine who has lived in Haiti for more than thirty years. .

All Catholic clerics kidnapped in Haiti in early April, including two French, have been released, the Society of Priests of Saint-Jacques announced on Friday to which they belong. “We found our confreres, the nuns and members of the family of Father Jean Anel Joseph in good health,” said the missionary society in a statement, without specifying whether a ransom had been paid.

“Our thanks also go to the ambassadors of France and the United States, for their discreet and efficient diplomatic support, as well as to all the political and moral authorities of the country as well as to the governments for their unwavering support”, added the institute.

Ten people were kidnapped on April 11

Three of the seven religious kidnapped had already been released a week ago in the country plagued by insecurity and criminal kidnappings. In all, ten people were kidnapped on April 11 at Croix-des-Bouquets, near the capital Port-au-Prince, while they were on their way to the installation of a new priest.

The kidnappers demanded a million dollars in ransom. The group included four priests and a Haitian nun as well as two French from the west of France: a nun from the department of Mayenne and a priest from Ille-et-Vilaine who has lived in Haiti for more than thirty years. .

Three people, members of the family of a Haitian priest, Father Jean Anel Joseph, who was not among those kidnapped, had also been kidnapped. Haitians are predominantly of the Catholic faith and their country is the poorest on the American continent.

The five priests are part of the Society of Priests of Saint-Jacques, established in Guiclan (Finistère, western France).

This missionary society has about fifteen priests in Haiti, out of a total of 80 priests and about twenty seminarians also present in France, Brazil and Canada.

The kidnapping of clerics, which shocked public opinion beyond the borders of the island, caused a deep political crisis in the country, plagued by an upsurge in kidnappings for ransom in recent months in Port-au-Prince as in the provinces, testifying to the growing influence of armed gangs on Haitian territory.

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