At least that’s what the Haitian Minister of Justice, Liszt Quitel, said in interviews granted Tuesday to several American media.
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In a subsequent interview at Washington Post, the minister specified that it was not clear that this sum was also required for the five children in the hands of the kidnappers, the gang 400 Mawozo.
According to what he told the Wall Street Journal, who broke the news, an eight-month-old infant and children aged 3, 6, 14 and 15 are in the hands of the kidnappers.
Often these gangs know that it is not possible to meet their demands and they will consider a counter-offer from the families. Negotiations can sometimes take a few days or a few weeks.
According to Christian Aid Ministries, an organization linked to the Amish and Mennonite communities, the abducted group in Ganthier includes six men, six women and five children. With the exception of one Canadian, all are Americans. Their identity has not been revealed.
The kidnapping of Haitians and foreigners for ransom has become an increasingly common practice of the criminal gangs which abound in Haitian territory. Anyone with the means is likely to be targeted.
More than 600 cases of kidnappings were recorded during the first three quarters of 2021, against 231 during the same period in 2020, according to the Center for Analysis and Research in Human Rights, based in Port-au-Prince.
According to its director, Gédéon Jean, the 400 Mawozo gang, which controls the Ganthier sector, is responsible for 80% of the kidnappings that occurred during the last quarter.
Last April, the group kidnapped five priests and two sisters of French origin, who were eventually released. No one has confirmed that a ransom was paid in return.
The Biden administration confirmed Monday that the State Department and the FBI, the federal police, are involved in the case, and are in contact with Haitian authorities.
has been made aware of and receives regular updates on what the State Department and FBI are doing to get these individuals home safely, said his spokesperson, Jen Psaki.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police
takes the situation very seriously and works with the Haitian and American police authorities, said a spokesman for the federal police in an email sent to CBC.
Civilian authorities in Haiti and the United States are aware of what has happened and offer assistanceChristian Aid Ministries said on its website on Monday.
A UN spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric, confirmed that the increase in violence associated with gangs is hampering ongoing humanitarian efforts in Haiti.
UN representatives on the ground specify that
violence, looting, roadblocks and the constant presence of armed groups all hamper humanitarian access, he argued.
Serious fuel shortages and reduced availability of goods further complicate the situation.