Yes, they were released Eddie, after five days—they were from MSF
Here are the latest details from AFP
Two months after Haitiâ€™s January 12 earthquake, aids groups were still scrambling Friday to provide for the 1.3 million people left homeless amid growing insecurity in Port-au-Prince.
The kidnapping of two female aid workers, a Belgian and a Czech, cast a shadow over the relief operations carried out by more than 300 foreign organizations in Haiti.
It was the first abduction to occur in Haiti since the earthquake, Haitian police said.
The two were freed Thursday, after spending six days in captivity, according to their employer, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF; Doctors Without Borders).
The head of the Haitian police anti-kidnapping unit dealing with the investigation, Francois Dossous, told AFP he was â€œa little worriedâ€ about the case, suggesting it might herald a crime wave against the thousands of foreigners in Haiti.
â€œIâ€™ve told my superiors about my concerns,â€ he said.
Dossous said the abductors were Haitians, but there were clues to suggest they were criminals who had been deported back to Haiti after being convicted abroad, perhaps from Canada or the United States.
Dossous also confirmed the victimsâ€™ nationalities, and said they had not been sexually assaulted during their sequestration.
He concluded that a ransom had been paid.
MSF refused to give any details of the kidnapping or what resulted in the womenâ€™s freedom, other than to say it was â€œimmensely relievedâ€ they had been let go.
Some of the thousands of aid workers in Haiti said the kidnapping made them more alert. A few said their groups were now taking extra precautions, but refused to detail them.
An Australian security officer for one aid group, speaking on condition of anonymity, warned that â€œyou could soon see a rise in the number of kidnappings â€” thatâ€™s the information weâ€™re getting.â€
Simon Collins, an Irish doctor with MSF working in a camp of thousands of homeless Haitians, said his group had always sought to work among the people it helped, despite security risks.
â€œItâ€™s the idea of being here, seeing whatâ€™s going on, on the ground, at the frontline, not being distant in an air-conditioned office, but actually being on the ground and among the people,â€ he said.
12 Mar 2010 22:03
(ed. Mar 12 2010)