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US has few options to free missionaries kidnapped in Haiti, security experts say

NEW YORK — The ongoing hostage situation following the kidnapping of 17 foreign missionaries in October has drawn condemnation from Haitians and left some calling for a stronger response from the United States. 

Flatbush, Brooklyn resident Jimmy Joseph called for more American assistance to confront 400 Mawozo, the gang that has perpetrated the kidnappings and is now demanding ransom for the captives’ release. 

“Just a small group of young boys doing stupid things [and] they allow them to do that,” Joseph, 42, lamented. “One hundred soldiers, as soon as they step down there, the problem will be solved.” 

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