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According to reports, US missionaries and their families, including children, were kidnapped by armed gangs in Port-au-Prince, Christian Missionaries Kidnapped in Haiti.

The Haitian security forces reportedly arrested at least 15 people after the bus visited an orphanage.

Officials in the US have contended that they knew about the reports, but have offered few details.

As a result of Haiti’s lawless environment, powerful gangs use kidnapping to increase their profits.

Due to rival factions that have been fighting for control since the death of President Jovenel Mose in July and the lack of security, many Haitians have found it more difficult to survive each day.

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According to a security source quoted by the AFP news agency, the Christian missionaries were seized soon after leaving Croix-des-Bouquets and remain in custody.

No comments have been made by the Haitian justice ministry or the National Police.

US officials have yet to provide any information on the incident, but the US State Department told AFP that the safety of American citizens abroad is one of its highest priorities.

The Associated Press reports that Christian Aid Ministries sent a voice message to religious groups in Haiti in response to the recent earthquake.

To help the abducted people, the group worked with the US embassy in Haiti to “see if it could be done”.

Christian Aid Ministries provides food, shelter, and clothing to Haitian children and funds their education largely through donations.

For years, low-income neighborhoods in the Haitian capital are controlled by armed gangs. In recent years, these gangs have expanded their control across the entire city. 

Outlying Areas of Port-au-Prince.

It has been recorded that more than 600 kidnappings have occurred in the first three quarters of this year. 

According to a local civil society group, there were 231 during the same period last year.

Following the assassination of President Mo*se and the earthquake that followed, Haiti – the poorest country in the Americas – has seen an escalation in violence.

As the New York Times reports, many people Christian Missionaries Kidnapped in Haiti are calling for the US to send troops there, but the administration is hesitant to comply.