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December 10, 2005

haitian fight song

Haiti is now the kidnapping capital of the Western hemisphere, surpassing Columbia. From the Miami Herald:

Among Haiti's litany of woes, kidnapping has surged into an epidemic in recent months, with an estimated eight to 10 people abducted for ransom every day -- including 25 U.S. citizens just since April -- according to the FBI. The 25 were later released, the FBI added, but three other Americans were killed trying to resist apparent kidnapping attempts.

Security experts say the rate of kidnappings in this country of 8.1 million people now dwarfs the notoriously high levels in Colombia, a nation of 43 million people where about 2,200 abductions were reported in 2003.

Posted by ebogjonson in haiti, on December 10, 2005 5:08 PM