Kidnapping of aid workers caused visit to be cut short

16-01-2011

The archbishop of Olomouc, Jan Graubner, has been forced to return early to the Czech Republic from Haiti. The bishop was on what was scheduled to be a week long tour of humanitarian work being carried out by the Czech branch of the Caritas organization. The visit was cut short following the abduction of two charity workers with their kidnappers demanding a ransom of 100,000 dollars for the two women. Tension has built in the country struck by a devastating earthquake a year ago and more recently hit by a cholera outbreak with the outcome of the first round of a presidential election being contested. The Czech branch of Caritas has around 13 humanitarian workers in Haiti.