Terror's new target: Children
By Gary Fallesen
Dec. 16, 2006
On Thursday, Dec. 14, we received an e-mail from a brother in Christ who is part of a U.S. ministry that works with an orphanage in Haiti. He was sharing with me an urgent prayer request in the form of a message he'd gotten the night before from the woman overseeing the orphanage his group is partnering with outside Port-au-Prince:
"I'm sending this email after speaking to my assistant a few minutes ago. I told him I would ask for prayer, via email, in the morning, but I feel like this can't wait for the morning. The situation in Haiti is not good at all and he is afraid as he goes up and down the mountain, taking care of everything he has to do for the operation of the orphanage. In the last few days, someone was kidnapped from his own neighborhood, and he asked me tonight if he could take the name of the mission from the door of our truck. They've been targeting school children, and there has been a lot of trouble in Delmas. Many schools have closed already. Please keep him, his family, and the children and other staff in your prayers. PLEASE pray for their safety. I reassured him that many people were praying for him and he told me that he was relieved to hear that. He is very dedicated, and will continue to do his job, and I know that he is very thankful for all of you. Please lift the situation in Haiti up to God and continue to pray, pray, pray. I appreciate you all so much!"
“Demon-driven people marauding for ransom money are those who pose the threat to the children,” our American brother in Christ wrote. “Anyone that looks like they may have money/assets is a random target.”
We asked our Prayer Team to pray for the children of Haiti. We asked that God would raise up this generation to overcome the demonized sins of past generations.
On Friday, Dec. 15, this news report moved:
PORT-au-PRINCE (Reuters) — Kidnappers freed seven children snatched two days ago from a school bus in the Haitian capital, but several other children were abducted in the latest wave of kidnappings-for-ransom.
No arrests were made in the case, and police would not reveal the amount of the ransom paid.
As many as seven other children were kidnapped in separate incidents Thursday, according to witnesses and local media. Police confirmed that several children had been abducted.
In a new twist to the rash of kidnappings that have plagued the impoverished Caribbean nation in recent weeks, children were being targeted because they offer no resistance and their families are more likely to pay quickly, police said.
The abduction of children appeared to have struck a nerve with Haitians. Residents of the capital helped police in door-to-door searches for the kidnap victims this week, and authorities reported a sharp rise in calls from the public with information on the case.
About 100 kidnappings for ransom were reported last month, and at least 60 have occurred so far this month, including that of a 6-year-old boy who was killed.
The kidnappings are still more bad news for Haiti nearly three years after then-President Jean-Bertrand Aristide was driven into exile by a violent rebellion.
U.N. peacekeepers have done little to reduce violence since they arrived in June 2004, although Haiti enjoyed a brief period of relative peace after President Rene Preval won elections in February.