Two Christian missionaries freed in Haiti, husbands say

Krishna-Malini (CNN) — Two missionaries were freed after their group was kidnapped on Sunday evening in Haiti’s Artibonite River region, according to their husbands.

The missionaries, from Colorado and Texas, traveled with a small group of people in Haiti and were on their way to a mission church when the incident happened, said Matthew Kelly, a husband of hostage Joy Kelly.

“Our wives were on their way back from a basketball game in the village when we were attacked. The thieves took our vehicles and drove us away,” Kelly said in a phone interview with CNN.

“Our husbands were rescued several hours later, along with five other people who had been kidnapped,” Kelly said.

Six other missionaries remain missing, Kelly said.

Kate Hinnendael, the husband of another captive, said his wife confirmed the report.

“She asked to not be identified so as not to taint the investigation and protection efforts for other missionaries,” he said.

Since the 2013 earthquake in Haiti, international relief and development organizations have moved to the Artibonite River region, which has fertile land and the title of the country’s breadbasket.

In May of that year, seven missionaries from Colorado and Idaho were kidnapped in Haiti but later freed.

Krishna-Malini (CNN) — Two missionaries were freed after their group was kidnapped on Sunday evening in Haiti’s Artibonite River region, according to their husbands.

The missionaries, from Colorado and Texas, traveled with a small group of people in Haiti and were on their way to a mission church when the incident happened, said Matthew Kelly, a husband of hostage Joy Kelly.

“Our wives were on their way back from a basketball game in the village when we were attacked. The thieves took our vehicles and drove us away,” Kelly said in a phone interview with CNN.

“Our husbands were rescued several hours later, along with five other people who had been kidnapped,” Kelly said.

Six other missionaries remain missing, Kelly said.

Kate Hinnendael, the husband of another captive, said his wife confirmed the report.

“She asked to not be identified so as not to taint the investigation and protection efforts for other missionaries,” he said.

Since the 2013 earthquake in Haiti, international relief and development organizations have moved to the Artibonite River region, which has fertile land and the title of the country’s breadbasket.

In May of that year, seven missionaries from Colorado and Idaho were kidnapped in Haiti but later freed.

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