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Missionaries escaped kidnappers in Haiti, says Christian group


The 17 Christian missionaries kidnapped two months ago in Haiti stood together in Florida, smiling, three days after the most of the group escaped captivity. It was one of multiple photos shown during a Christian Aid Ministries press conference, of the captives in the days following their return to the United States.

Under cover of night, 12 missionaries who were held hostage in Haiti pried open a locked door, left the room in which they were held and silently followed a planned escape route away from their captors. That is how the remaining missionaries kidnapped by the 400 Mawozo gang in October freed themselves while authorities were negotiating their release, said Weston Showalter, a spokesperson for Christian Aid Ministries, during a Dec. 20 press conference. 

After their escape, as night turned to dawn on Dec. 16, authorities found the former hostages in Morne a Cabrit, a community about 23 miles south of Port-au-Prince, according to Haitian National Police.

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