Baptist World Alliance
Eron Henry, Associate Director of Communications
Neville Callam, General Secretary
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September 29, 2011

For Immediate Release

Baptist leader in Haiti kidnapped

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Washington, DC (BWA)--Emmanuel Pierre, general secretary of the Baptist Convention of Haiti, has been kidnapped.


The incident occurred in Cap-Ha´tien, the second largest city in Haiti, and where the convention offices are located.


Several armed men reportedly broke into his home at approximately 2:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 29, took the Haitian Baptist leader by force, and are now demanding a ransom for his release.


Gedeon Eugene, president of the convention, is negotiating with the kidnappers. He told the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) that Haitians are praying for the speedy and safe release of the Haitian Baptist leader.


BWA General Secretary Neville Callam assured Haitian Baptists of the prayers of Baptists around the world for the safe return of Pierre to his family and friends.