Tag: Kidnapping and Hostages

Two of 17 Kidnapped Missionaries in Haiti Are Freed, Group Says

Two people associated with an American missionary group seized in a mass kidnapping in Haiti more than a month ago have been released, the organization said Sunday. The hostages were among 17 people kidnapped by a notorious Haitian gang on Oct. 16 as they paid a visit to an orphanage outside the capital, Port-au-Prince. In […]

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Search for Abducted Children Leads to Traffic Stop, Gunshots and 4 Dead

For four days, Maryland police had been searching for a former Baltimore County police officer and a female accomplice who they said had kidnapped the officer’s young daughters and gone on to commit several other crimes, including carjacking and robbery. On Thursday afternoon, Pennsylvania state troopers attempted to stop a gray Ford Edge near the […]

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Gangs Rule Much of Haiti. For Many, It Means No Fuel, No Power, No Food.

The government’s withering authority is a consequence of its own shortsighted strategy to use gangs to achieve its objectives, human rights advocates say. Early this month, Pastor Jean Ferrer Michel had parked outside of his church when armed, masked men jumped out of a justice ministry vehicle and bundled him away, his daughter, Farah Michel, […]

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‘Morally, They Are Lost’: Gangs in Haiti, Breaking a Taboo, Target the Church

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — The gang kept them for 19 days, giving the captives nearly everything they asked for: soap, decent food and even Gatorade. But as time wore on, the gang grew more nervous, ripping apart the priests’ gowns to make blindfolds and handcuffs. When they feared the ransom would not be paid, they withheld […]

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The Around-the-Clock Prayer Effort to Save the Haiti Hostages

Noon It is time for Oasis Christian Fellowship in Schaefferstown, Pa. Earl Horst, an elder, learned about the kidnapping a few hours after it happened. A family in the church who had spent years in Haiti had heard first, and by the next morning, when someone saw the prayer chain spreadsheet that was also circulating […]

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‘It’s Terror’: In Haiti, Gangs Gain Power as Security Vacuum Grows

They raped women, burned homes and killed dozens of people, including children, chopping up their bodies with machetes and throwing their remains to pigs. The gruesome massacre three years ago, considered the worst in Haiti in decades, was more than the work of rival gangs fighting over territory. It was organized by senior Haitian officials, […]

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Kidnappers in Haiti Demand $17 Million to Free Missionary Group

The gang, known as 400 Mawozo, controls the area where the missionaries were abducted in the suburbs of Port-au-Prince, the capital. The group has sown terror there for several months, engaging in armed combat with rival gangs and kidnapping businessmen and police officers. The gang has taken kidnapping in Haiti to a new level, snatching […]

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F.B.I. Working on Mass Kidnapping in Haiti as Protests Against Lawlessness Erupt

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — The F.B.I. and the State Department are working with the American Embassy in Haiti and local authorities to recover a group of 17 missionaries and their children who were kidnapped in Haiti, White House and law-enforcement officials said on Monday. “The president has been briefed and is receiving regular updates on what […]

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Protests Against Lawlessness Erupt in Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Small, peaceful protests erupted across Haiti Monday morning, with groups taking to the streets and some burning tires and blocking roads with barricades, to demand that the government restore security in a country where many feel violence and crime have spiraled out of control. Calls for a broad strike emerged last week, […]

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For Christian Aid Ministries, Charity in Haiti Turns to Chaos

Christian Aid Ministries reported revenue of more than $130 million in 2019, according to its latest available tax filings. Almost all of that revenue came from contributions. The group is involved in 126 countries around the world. Mr. Miller, who also serves on the board of a smaller relief group called the Haiti Christian Union […]

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Mass Abduction of U.S. Missionaries Startles Even Kidnap-Weary Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Children on their way to school, street vendors selling their wares, priests mid-sermon — few Haitians, rich or poor, are safe from the gangs of kidnappers that stalk their country with near impunity. But the abduction this weekend of 17 people associated with an American missionary group as they visited an orphanage […]

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‘400 Mawozo’ Gang Suspected in Kidnapping Among Haiti’s Most Dangerous

The gang that the police say kidnapped 17 missionaries and their family members in Haiti on Saturday is among the country’s most dangerous and one of the first to engage in mass kidnappings. The gang, known as “400 Mawozo,” controls the area that the missionaries were abducted from in the suburbs of Port-au-Prince, the capital. […]

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American Missionaries Kidnapped in Haiti, Officials Say

As many as 17 Christian missionaries from the United States and their family members, including women and children, were kidnapped on Saturday by a gang in Port-au-Prince as they were leaving an orphanage, according to Haitian security officials. Details of the kidnapping remained unclear, but local officials said the missionaries were abducted from a bus […]

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In China, Abducting Children in a Bid to Gain Custody

The men and women wrestled Wang Jianna to the ground. Holding down her legs and shoulders, they pried her 6-month-old baby from her arms and took off running. A surveillance camera captured it all. But there was little Ms. Wang could do: The person leading the abduction on the street outside her mother’s home was […]

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Serial Killer Gets 160 Years After Victim’s Sister and Friends Help Solve Case

When Sarah Butler did not return to her home in Montclair, N.J., after borrowing her mother’s minivan in November 2016, her family immediately recognized that she might be in trouble. Using Ms. Butler’s computer passwords to log on to her email and social media accounts, one of her sisters and two friends found one of […]

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U.S. Charges Ex-Taliban Commander in Killing of 3 Soldiers in ’08 Attack

On a June day in 2008, three U.S. soldiers and an Afghan interpreter were ambushed and killed when their Humvee convoy was hit during a combat patrol by mines and rocket-propelled grenades about 50 miles south of Kabul. At least one of the men was dragged off and dismembered, Afghan and Western officials said at […]

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Book Review: ‘The Taking of Jemima Boone,’ by Matthew Pearl

There is no reason to question that the warriors treated the girls as well as they could under the circumstances, but the rumor that Hanging Maw was besotted with Boone’s daughter seems to be entirely a construct of white settler gossip in the published and unpublished sources consulted by Pearl. More revealing are the parallel […]

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3,000 Yazidis Are Still Missing. Their Families Know Where Some of Them Are.

Some of the children have forgotten that they are Yazidi. Mr. Hussein knows from his son, who is not being identified for his own safety, that he is being forced to work in construction for about $1 a day. But without the $9,000 the captors are demanding for each of his six relatives, Mr. Hussein […]

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How a Tip to Obituaries Breathed New Life Into a Decades-Old Mystery

Times Insider explains who we are and what we do, and delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together. As the junior member of The Times’s Obituaries desk, I specialize in a duty more esoteric than writing or editing. I keep our list of recent deaths. Every tip from a Times reporter, every voice […]

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