CMC (Haiti) – Religious officials in Haiti say that eight people, including six nuns, were kidnapped here on Friday.
“(We) were saddened to learn that six nuns from the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Anne, and others from the bus they were on, have been abducted,” said the Catholic Church-affiliated group Haitian Religious Conference.
It’s reported that an armed group kidnapped the women around 7:00 a.m. (local time) as the nuns travelled to work
According to a statement from the President of the Haitian Religious Conference, P. Morachel Bonhomme, the nuns were from the country’s Congregation of the Sisters of St. Anne.
He said “other occupants” of the bus were also taken and lamented “too many kidnappings” in Haiti are filling its people’s souls with “sadness and fear”.
“May the spirit of strength be given to the Sisters of St. Anne to find a way out of this terrible situation,” Bonhomme said. “May the solidarity of the consecrated people of Haiti and the world help them overcome this difficult ordeal.”
Although the perpetrators have not been described or identified, the nation’s kidnapping epidemic is attributed to gangs that have become emboldened amid the chaos that followed the 2021 assassination of President Jovenel Moïse.
The nonprofit Assessment Capacities Project, which provides data to humanitarian groups, says gangs have taken over about taken over about 80% of the geography of Port-au-Prince.