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ransom of $1 million per person The U.S. and Haitian governments are working to free them as is Christian aid ministries I should mention that this group's abduction is far from the only kidnapping that's happened in Haiti where there's been a huge spike in kidnappings recently mostly a patient people There have been a 119 kidnappings just in the first half of October according to the local nonprofit center of analysis and research of human rights And can you tell us anything about the specific people who were kidnapped Well the group includes 6 men 6 women and 5 children The kids range in age from 15 at the oldest to just 8 months old at the youngest Their Haitian driver was also abducted 16 of them are U.S. citizens and one is Canadian They were reportedly all traveling in one van returning from visiting an orphanage outside Port-au-Prince According to the Detroit news 5 are members of one family from western Michigan a mother and her four children that arrived in Haiti ten days ago The father was apparently back at the mission's home base in Haiti It's possible that the group is a mix of people visiting short term from the United States along with long-term staff members who live in Haiti And what more can you tell us about the group Christian aid ministries that sponsored these people Christian administrators it's a relief and development organization It was founded in 1981 in Holmes county Ohio and that's an area with one of the largest communities of Amish and conservative Mennonites Christian aid ministries is one of the main service organizations connected to these communities And they're pretty big The organization had a revenue of a $132 million last year They do a range of both domestic and international projects And the group has actually been in the news before Two years ago one of its former employees was convicted of sexually abusing two boys in Ohio and that employee allegedly admitted to abusing many boys in Haiti over a 15 year period So what is this organization doing in Haiti They have a long history there They have been doing work in Haiti since the late 1980s I spoke with Steve null who is a Professor of history and anabaptist studies at Elizabethtown college And here's what he told me about their work there They've done a number of things through the years including support and sponsorship of orphanages have a microfinance program They distribute what are called the school kits which are collections of school supplies that are provided free to schoolchildren They also supply medicines and distribute Christian literature And recently they've been doing rebuilding projects after the earthquake they're in August And this is just one of many similar organizations doing this kind of work in Haiti Definitely It's the poorest country in the western hemisphere So there's a lot of need And it's also really close to the United States So it's an easy place to travel to even if the conditions there make it an increasingly difficult place to work We spoke with Karen richman a cultural anthropologist at the university of Notre-Dame who's done a lot of work in Haiti She said she doesn't know the exact number of missions in the U.S. from the U.S. in Haiti but it's a lot Haiti has a reputation of being one of the most missionized countries in the world She says many missionaries live there for a long time and established schools and clinics And what's next in the effort to get back these kidnapped folks In an update this afternoon Christian aid ministry says it's holding a day of fasting and prayer tomorrow inviting people to pray for the kidnapping victims the government's working for their release and for the kidnappers themselves That's been something interesting that Christian administration has stressed throughout Prayers for the kidnappers It's a reflection of the group's religious tradition of nonviolence and peacemaking Ten years Laura Walmsley thanks a.

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