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American YouTube Star YourFellowArab Kidnapped in Haiti While Trying to Meet Gang Leader ‘Barbecue’


An American YouTube star has been kidnapped in Haiti by one of the gangs that have become its de facto rulers, as he was attempting to interview the nation’s most notorious gang leader.

Addison Pierre Maalouf, known online as YourFellowArab or just “Arab,” traveled from his home in Atlanta to interview Jimmy “Barbecue” Chérizier, the leader of the notorious G9 Family and Allies gang that has seized control of the government, according to Haiti 24.net.

But just 24 hours after he arrived in the country, Maalouf and a Haitian colleague were taken by members of the 400 Mawozo gang on March 14.

He is being held for a $600,000 ransom, and even though $40,000 has already been paid, the kidnappers are continuing to demand a large sum of money to secure Maalouf’s release, the Haitian outlet reports.

As news of the YouTube star’s disappearance spread online Thursday, fellow streamer Lalem confirmed that his friend had been taken hostage.

“Tried keeping it private for two weeks, but it’s getting out everywhere now,” Lalem posted on X.

In the last video Maalouf posted online, he spoke about the dangers of being in Haiti.

“Yes, Arab has been kidnapped in Haiti and we’re working on getting him out,” he said, vowing, “he’ll be out soon.”

Lalem also shared the last video that Maalouf posted online, showing him at a hotel in Haiti telling his viewers about the dangers of being in the country.

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In the video, Maalouf said he and his crew intended to travel to the capital city of Port-au-Prince, but had to wait until the early morning hours so they could arrive in the sunlight.

The YouTube star had intended to interview Jimmy “Barbecue” Chérizier, the leader of the notorious G9 and Family gang that has seized control of the government.

He also notes that Port-au-Prince is “completely run by gangs” and even though they had secured safe passage, “all it takes is one stupid gang member holding an AK-47 for one thing to go wrong.”

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Maalouf had earlier posted on March 10 that he was “going on another one of those trips.”

Jimmy “Barbecue” Chérizier (center) with gang members in Port-Au-Prince on March 5, 2024.

“If I die, thanks for watching what I’ve put out,” he posted on X.

“If I live, all glory to God.”

By Friday, another YouTuber, Miles “Lord Miles” Routledge, claimed he spoke directly with Maalouf using his kidnappers’ phone.

Routledge said Maalouf arrived in the country with “fixer” Sean Roubens Jean Sacra to film the ongoing riots in Haiti, and was kidnapped just 24 hours after he arrived.

“Arab has been kept in a cage in a place on the eastern outskirts of the capital, Port-au-Prince,” Routledge wrote.

“His location is known.”

He claimed there was an attempt to pay the ransom, “but it went wrong and truthfully everyone was out of their depths to help Arab.”

Routledge, a Brit, then went on to criticize the US government and the State Department for failing to secure the Georgian’s release.

He said they were “very hands off on helping, even though Arab is a US citizen.”

Still, Routledge claimed Maalouf is in “excellent spirits” and is planning to release a video about his experience upon his return.

“All we can do is pray for Arab and Sean, may Christ look after them,” Routledge wrote.

Haiti has been run by gangs since Barbecue-led gunmen took over the streets and forced Prime Minister Ariel Henry to resign earlier this month.

The Caribbean nation is listed as a “Do not travel” country by the State Department.

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“Kidnapping is widespread and victims regularly include US citizens,” the department warns in a travel advisory.

At times, the victims have been “physically harmed during kidnappings,” the travel advisory says, noting that US government personnel are “limited only to the confined area around the Embassy and are prohibited from walking into Port-au-Prince.”

In a statement to The Post, the State Department confirmed it is “aware of reports of the kidnapping of a US citizen in Haiti” but would not provide any details.

“The US Department of State and our embassies and consulates abroad have no higher priority than the safety and security of US citizens overseas,” a spokesperson said.

“We reiterate our message to US citizens: Do not travel to Haiti.”

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Ella Ford is a mother of two, a Christian conservative writer with degrees in American History, Social and Behavioral Science and Liberal Studies, based in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area.

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