Haiti: Eight Turkish workers abducted

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Eight Turkish citizens were abducted on Sunday afternoon by a gang near Port-au-Prince, just arrived in Haiti by bus from the Dominican Republic, as announced by the Honorary Consul of Turkey in this country.

According to Ig Josue, while they were disembarking, they managed to contact the organization for which they work.

The abduction took place east of Port-au-Prince, between the communities of Croix de Bouquet and Gadier.

The hostages are five men and three women, aged 20-26. The Haitian Association for the Promotion of Education (Ashape), of which it is a member, has been operating since 2019 and provides language and Muslim catechism courses, according to the information available on its website.

For many years, one of Haiti’s most powerful gangs, the 400 Mawozos, has controlled the area between the Dominican Republic and Port-au-Prince, where the abduction took place. Last April, members of an armed gang held ten people hostage, including two French Catholic priests. In the fall, 17 North American missionaries and members of their families were abducted, including five children aged 8 months to 15 years.

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