People protest for the discharge of kidnapped missionaries close to the missionaries’ headquarters in Titanyen, north of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021. A gaggle of 17 U.S. missionaries together with kids was kidnapped by a gang in Haiti on Saturday, Oct. 16, in line with a voice message despatched to varied spiritual missions by a corporation with direct information of the incident. (AP Photo/Joseph Odelyn)

The United Nations Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) is looking for an finish to the abductions of ladies and kids in Haiti, saying that for the primary eight months of this 12 months, kidnappings have already exceeded final 12 months’s complete.

“Nowhere is a safe place for children in Haiti,” mentioned Jean Gough, UNICEF Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean.

“Whether it’s on their way to school, at home or even at church, girls and boys are at risk of being kidnapped anywhere, at any time of the day or night. It’s every parent’s worst nightmare.”

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Figures launched by UNICEF primarily based on official sources, point out present that 71 girls and 30 kids have been kidnapped within the first eight months of this 12 months, in comparison with 59 girls and 37 kids for the whole 2020. Most kidnappings happen within the capital.

“Criminal gangs use children as bargaining chips and earn money from parents’ love for their children,” Gough mentioned, including it’s odious.

“These acts of violence have a lasting impact on kidnapped parents and children, captivity always causes trauma as they often witness or suffer humiliation, threats and in some cases violence.”

To enhance incident reporting and help to kids in want, together with kidnapped kids, UNICEF says it’s supporting the nationwide baby safety company “Institut du Bien-être Social et de Recherches”, in reactivating its free hotline for use with a phone hotline of the Brigade for the Protection of Minors.

UNICEF mentioned it was urging all related actors to chorus from concentrating on kids and ladies and calls on the federal government to take motion to fight gang violence towards kids.

Meanwhile, the destiny of 17 United States and Canadian missionaries, together with, stays unclear after their abductors demanded US$17 million for his or her launch or that they might be killed.

The chief of the 400 Mawozo gang that police say is holding the missionary group launched a video late final month outlining the calls for for his or her launch.

“I swear by thunder that if I don’t get what I’m asking for, I will put a bullet in the heads of these Americans,” mentioned Wilson Joseph who was wearing a blue swimsuit, carrying a blue hat and carrying a big cross round his neck.

In addition to kidnappings, the felony gangs are additionally blamed for blocking gasoline distribution terminals and hijacking provide vehicles, which officers say has led to a scarcity of gasoline.


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