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Haiti Release - US citizens released after four-day kidnap ordeal
NAME: HAI RELEASE 20060103Ix TAPE: EF06/0007 IN_TIME: 10:48:45:15 DURATION: 00:03:12:15 SOURCES: AP TELEVISION DATELINE: Port au Prince, 2 Jan 2006 RESTRICTIONS: SHOTLIST: 1. Petionville Street, traffic and pedestrians 2. Eaton walks into apartment compound where he lived before being kidnapped 3. Eaton in apartment collecting his belongings, looks at papers 4. Eaton in apartment, picks up bags 5. SOUNDBITE (English) Frank Eaton, kidnap victim: "You don't know if they're going to kill you; you don't know if they're going to rape you; you don't know if you're going to be beaten; you don't know if you're going to be gun-whipped, you know. It's just kind of, there's just no ... It's just the uncertainty." 6. SOUNDBITE (English) Alain Maximilien, kidnap victim: "They were probably going to kill him first is what they were saying, was the rhetoric, because as far as they could tell he had nobody on hand in the country to be able to make things happen quickly. So by killing him, they were basically telling me, by killing him we're really going to be able to squeeze, we're going to be able to put the foot on the neck of the people who are working on you." 7. Wide pan of Cite Soleil 8. Wide shot of area of Cite Soleil where it's believed the US men were held 9. Crowded street in Cite Soleil 10. Pan of slum houses in Cite Soleil 11. Slum houses in Cite Soleil 12. SOUNDBITE (English) Frank Eaton, kidnap victim: "I got to get out of Cite Soleil; my kidnappers have to stay in Cite Soleil. You know, it's filthy, it's overcrowded, there's no money, you know. That's their life. They live there, they do what they can. You know, I'm not saying, you know, 'I'm in love with these guys because they're just doing their job.' But, you know, it's crime perpetrated against the one opportunity in this country because there's no investment." 13. SOUNDBITE (English) Alain Maximilien, kidnap victim: "All of them had MINUSTAH (United Nations Stabilisation Mission in Haiti) wounds, young kids, teenagers, men, women. It just is a part of life there, like your voice changing when you are a boy turning into a man. It is part of growing up there that you get hit by a bullet." 14. Wide shot of UN (MINUSTAH) post in Cite Soleil 15. Zoom in to sand bags and gun at UN post in Cite Soleil 16. Boys throwing rocks at UN vehicle in Cite Soleil 17. Wide shot of Cite Soleil street, UN armoured vehicle in background, shot fired 18. SOUNDBITE (English) Alain Maximilien, kidnap victim: "What better time than right before the election to scare the hell out of people to not want to leave their house. Especially these people are Lavalas (supporters of Lavalas Family party of former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand). These people believe the same way I was kidnapped, they believe their leader was kidnapped." 19. Wide exterior of Port au Prince International Airport (Aeroporte International Toussaint Louverture) 20. Car arrives at VIP entrance 21. Various of Eaton getting out of vehicle 22. Eaton and US embassy officials into VIP entrance at airport, door closes STORYLINE: Two US citizens on Monday spoke of their recent kidnapping ordeal at the hands of gunmen in the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince. Thirty-year-old Frank Eaton and 33-year-old Alain Maximilien were kidnapped together on December 28 and held for three and four nights respectively in the city's largest slum, Cite Soleil, until 10,000 (US) dollars each was paid in ransom. Eaton was released the afternoon of December 31. Maximilien was freed on New Year's Day. Maximilien, a radio personality known as the Haitian Hillbilly with a three-times-a-week rock 'n' roll show in English, is fluent in Haitian Creole and has spent his life between his hometown Pittsburgh and Haiti. Eaton, who was working on a documentary, had been in Haiti for less than three weeks when he was captured. Both men recalled their fear when threats against their lives were made as negotiations for their release stalled a number of times. Despite their ordeal, the men said they understand why kidnapping occurs in Haiti given the level of poverty. While Maximilien says he will stay in Haiti, Eaton left on Monday for his home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He was escorted to the airport by officials from the US embassy.