Sunday, December 5

Kidnapping in Haiti: Why Missionary Groups Are Sometimes a Diplomatic Problem for the United States

  • Jose Carlos Cueto
  • BBC News World

Christian missionary in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.

Image source, Getty Images

This is how Knox Thames, a former US State Department official, defines incidents that involve groups of missionaries in different countries and with which US embassies must deal.

It refers to events such as the 17 people who have been kidnapped in Haiti since October 16 and for whose release his captors ask for US $ 17 million.

Among the 17 are members of Christian Aid Ministries (CAM), an Ohio-based organization, who were surprised by kidnappers while traveling by bus in an eastern neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, the capital.

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