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Catholic Christians take to the streets for their Stations of the Cross procession on Good Friday in Port-au-prince on Apr 2, 2021. (Photo: AFP/Reginald LOUISSAINT JR)

The 400 Mawozo gang members have set free three of the Catholics they kidnapped earlier this month in Croix-des-Bouquets, a town near Port-au-Prince, on Thursday. The gang is still holding captive six worshippers, including a French priest and a French nun.

Those who were set free are Father Hugues Baptiste, Lovely Joseph and Anne-Marie Dortellus, a nun. No ransom was given according to local reports.

Earlier this month, the gang released the mother of a priest for a USD $50,000 ransom.

Those still being held captive are the two French citizens aforementioned, two Haitian priests and two of another priest’s relatives. 

Father Gilbert Peltrop, the secretary of the Haitian Conference of Worshippers, said on the radio that those still being held captive are sick. Father Michel Brilant, the Frenchman, has plaques on his stomach and some of the others kidnapped have diabetes, Peltrop said. Source

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