A Florida couple have been abducted and remain held at ransom in Haiti, according to a statement from their family.
The family of the couple, who have not been publicly identified, said that the pair were seized from their home by unidentified assailants on April 19 and have been held captive ever since.
The family has issued a plea for their safe return, urging the kidnappers to “release them unharmed and reunite them with their family.”
The family said that the couple had been in Haiti for a number of years and were “devoted to helping the local community.”
“We are appealing to the captors to show compassion and mercy in this difficult situation,” the family said in their statement.
The U.S. Department of State has confirmed that it is aware of the situation and is providing consular assistance to the family. A spokesperson for the department said that they are in close contact with local authorities and are working to secure the couple’s release.
The State Department has warned travelers to Haiti that there is a high risk of kidnapping, stating that the “Haitian government is unable to effectively deter or investigate such crimes.”
The family is appealing to the kidnappers to recognize the couple’s humanitarian efforts, pleading for their safe return.
“We implore the captors to recognize this couple’s dedication to the Haitian people, and to release them unharmed and reunite them with their family,” the statement concluded.
A Florida couple has suffered the misfortune of being kidnapped and held for ransom in Haiti, according to a statement issued by their family. The pair, whose identities have not been released, were taken from their residence on April 19 by unknown assailants, and are yet to be liberated.
The family has implored their captors to show mercy, and to allow the couple to be reunited with their loved ones unharmed. They have also attested to the couple’s altruism, noting their “devotion to helping the local community.”
The U.S. Department of State has verified the situation, and is providing consular assistance to the family. In addition, the State Department has alerted travelers to Haiti of the heightened risk of kidnapping, citing the Haitian government’s incapacity to deter or investigate such crimes.
The family has made a plea to the kidnappers to recognize the couple’s humanitarian efforts, and to release them without harm, enabling them to reunite with their family. “We implore the captors to recognize this couple’s dedication to the Haitian people, and to release them unharmed and reunite them with their family,” the statement concluded.