Six nuns kidnapped in Haiti, religious leaders say

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Six nuns were reportedly kidnapped in Haiti on Friday as they travelled on a bus through the capital.

According to an article from The Associated Press, religious leaders say the nuns were accompanied by an undetermined number of unidentified individuals on the bus who were also kidnapped. A statement by the Haitian Conference of the Religious said the nuns are from the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Anne.

AP News reported that the congregation didn’t respond to messages for comment, and it wasn’t immediately known who was responsible for the kidnappings. Gangs that control an estimated 80 per cent of Port-au-Prince have been blamed for thousands of abductions.

The conference further stated that too many kidnappings are occurring in Haiti, filling people’s souls “with sadness and fear.”

The nuns are the latest high-profile kidnapping victims reported in Haiti. AP News states that in late November, renowned Haitian Dr Douglas Pape was abducted in Port-au-Prince and has yet to be released despite multiple ransoms being paid.

In October 2021, 17 members of a US religious organisation were kidnapped and later freed, some after two months in captivity.

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