Update: Pye was freed Wednesday afternoon, March 16.
An American missionary jailed in Haiti for five months without charges is garnering little attention among American media or Christian advocacy organizations.
Danny Pye was imprisoned on October 13 after going to court to settle a conflict with the mission organization he founded and had recently been fired from. Haitian law allows prisoners to be kept for 90 days without being charged with a crime; Pye hasn't seen a judge or any formal charges for five months, according to his wife Leann.
Leann, who is due with their second child on March 27, moved to her mother's house in Florida at the end of January to wait for the baby's birth.
Since Haiti is a predominantly Christian country, it's not on the radar for organizations like International Christian Concern, said Jonathan Racho, manager for Africa and South Asia. "Places where Christian persecution is rampant, we have agents," he said. "But we can't focus on every country, so we have nothing in Haiti."
And since his imprisonment isn't due to his religion, there isn't room for organizations like the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom to maneuver, said Nina Shea, director of the Center for Religious Freedom.
The Pyes were also warned by Haitian lawyers and government officials not to tell the American press of Danny's imprisonment, Leann said. "The judge was saying the more pressure he had, the longer he would take the sign the papers. I was also told if it happened to come down to paying somebody off and the American press was involved, the amount would be unimaginable. It wasn't until I came back to the States to have the baby that I realized that everything I was trying to do on the Haiti side just seemed to ...1
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