Priest Kidnapped in Haiti; Captors Demand Ransom
Father Antoine Macaire Christian Noah was abducted when he was going to his missionary community in Kazal, about 20 miles north of Port-au-Prince, the country’s capital.
The Claretian Missionaries’ Independent Delegation for the Antilles reported that on Feb. 7 one of its priests was kidnapped.
Father Antoine Macaire Christian Noah was abducted in the morning when he was going to his missionary community in Kazal, about 20 miles north of Port-au-Prince, the country’s capital.
The kidnappers have contacted “the superior of his missionary community asking for money in exchange for his release,” according to a statement from the Claretians posted on Facebook.
father Macaire is originally from Cameroon and has been the parochial vicar at St. Michael the Archangel parish in Kazal for one year.
A Camiliian priest, Father Antonio Menegón, told the Vatican news agency Fides in December 2022 that currently armed gangs are running the country and also attacking Catholic schools and hospitals.
“Unprecedented” violence is spreading throughout Haiti, Father Menegón reported.
The priest warned that this situation creates “insecurity, fear, hunger and despair; and as if that were not enough, the cholera emergency has returned, which especially kills children.”
Father Menegón explained that “the armed gangs that rule the country are increasingly aggressive, and now they run everything. The prices of primary goods, such as food, fuel and medicine, have more than tripled.”
“Violent youths have destroyed, looted and burned fuel depots, as well as supermarkets, churches, Caritas food banks, and other international humanitarian organizations. Hospitals, one after another, are closing due to lack of fuel, electricity, food and medicine,” he lamented.
Haiti has been without a president since July 2021, when President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated. Since then, no new elections have been held. The struggle for power has ramped up violence.
The August 2021 earthquake only further aggravated the plight of Haitians.
According to the World Bank, Haiti is “the poorest country in the Latin American and Caribbean region and one of the poorest countries in the world.”
This story was first published by ACI Prensa, CNA’s Spanish-language news partner. It has been translated and adapted by CNA.