Mission Impossible: Haitians Now Killing Missionaries In Anarchy Island.

Photo: Missions for Haiti. A young married American couple who were working in Haiti are the latest victims of gang violence in Haiti.
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A young American missionary couple were among three people killed in Haiti in an ambush by unidentified gunmen outside a church as widespread gang violence continues the country that remains overrun with armed gangs and  in a state of anarchy.

The immediate motive for the murders, whether for money, supplies, or political motives is not known. The father of the wife Natalie Lloyd is a state senator in Missouri, but is not a nationallly known figure.

Natalie Lloyd, 21, her 23-year-old husband David, and Jude Montis, a 45-year-old Haitian, were ambushed by gunmen as they left a church.

All three worked for Missions in Haiti, Inc., an organization started more than 20 years ago by Davy Lloyd’s parents, according to the group’s website.

The couple’s deaths were confirmed in a Facebook port by Natalie’s father, Missouri State Senator Ben Baker.

“They were attacked by gangs this evening and were both killed,” he wrote. “They went to heaven together.”

Photo: Missions in Haiti. Children at the orphanage.

“Please pray for my family we desperately need strength. And please pray for the Lloyd family as well,” Baker said.

Davy Lloyd, 23, had a “love for Haiti,” his father David Lloyd told CNN. “His first language was Creole. He used to tell us when he was little that someday he was going to be a missionary in Haiti.”

The activities of Missions in Haiti included running an orphanage.

The couple married in 2022.

Their organisation, Missions in Haiti, confirmed to US media that Mr Montis was the third victim.
In an earlier Facebook post, the organisation said that the three were attacked by two separate armed groups, beginning with an attack by gunmen in three vehicles.

After another group arrived and a gang member was shot dead, the three missionaries were trapped in a house while the gang went “into full attack mode”, the post added.

“They are holed up in there, the gangs have shot all the windows out of the house and continued to shoot,” the post said.

Missions in Haiti confirmed that all three were dead three hours later.

The state department is aware of the deaths, a spokesperson told the BBC’s US partner CBS.

“We offer our sincerest condolences to the family on their loss,” the spokesperson said. “We stand ready to provide all appropriate consular assistance.”

On X/Twitter, Missouri Governor Mike Parson called the deaths “absolutely heart-breaking news”.
The White House on Friday called for the swift deployment of a Kenyan-led multinational force to stabilise the nation.

“The security situation in Haiti cannot wait,” said a National Security Council spokesperson, adding that President Joe Biden had pledged to support the “expedited deployment” of the force in talks with Kenya’s president on Thursday.

“Our hearts go out to the families of those killed as they experience unimaginable grief,” the spokesperson added.

In an interview with the BBC on Friday, Kenyan President William Ruto said this type of incident was part of the reason his country will deploy forces in the country.

“We shouldn’t be losing people. We shouldn’t be losing missionaries. It is the reason why we made this decision – knowing very well that the responsibility for security in Haiti is a shared responsibility,” he said.

Kenyan troops were expected to have “boots on the ground” this week, but recent reports say that their deployment has been delayed.

“We are doing this to forestall and to stop more people losing their lives to gangs,” he added.
In a similar incident in 2021, 17 North American missionaries were kidnapped and held east of Port-au-Prince.

Sources: BBC News, Facebook, VOA, CNN.

 

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