American missionaries held hostage in Haiti

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This Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021 photo shows the logo for Christian Aid Ministries in Berlin, Ohio, on a vehicle.

The logo for Christian Aid Ministries in Berlin, Ohio, on a vehicle, Oct. 17, 2021. A group of 17 missionaries including children has been kidnapped by a gang in Haiti, according to a voice message sent to various religious missions by the organization. 

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