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A group of a dozen kidnapped missionaries made a cunning escape in the dead of night to flee their Haitian captors.

Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries released details on the kidnapping, two-month captivity and eventual escape of missionaries in Haiti during a news conference on Monday. The kidnapped group included three children: a 10-month-old baby, a 3-year-old boy and a 6-year-old boy. Since returning to the U.S. on Thursday, the missionaries appear to be doing OK, the organization said in a statement.

“All of the hostages seem to be doing reasonably well,” said David Troyer, general director of Christian Aid Ministries. All captives have been reunited with their families.

The 17 missionaries were visiting Haiti for a variety of reasons, including helping children get to school; providing help for widows, the elderly and handicapped; delivering medicine; providing teaching; overseeing the rebuilding of homes; organizing work, and more.

The missionaries were aware of the danger they faced in Haiti, Christian Aid Ministries said in a statement.
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“If we’d go only where it is safe, we’d stay put in our own communities,” the organization said.

The Abduction
Most of the missionaries were in Haiti to fulfill a multi-year commitment to helping the nation, Troyer said. In October, they were invited to visit a Haitian orphanage and agreed to do so. During their visit, they played with the children there and provided what aid they could.

Five to 10 minutes after leaving the orphanage, the missionaries’ van was rolling through the countryside when they encountered a roadblock. They tried to turn around, but a pickup truck emerged and blocked their way. The 400 Mawozo gang members then surrounded the van, according to Christian Aid Ministries Spokesperson Weston Showalter.

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