Friday, May 18, 2007

Ingrid Betancourt and Clara Rojas update

Recently a man who had been held by the FARC, a Colombian military narco-terrorist gang, escaped. He said that he saw Ingrid Betancourt recently. Ms. Betancourt was the Presidential nominee of el Partido Verde Oxigyna (sp?) She too has been kidnapped and held by the FARC.

Now the BBC is reporting that the president of Colombia, Alvaro Uribe, is stepping up efforts to rescue her. Rojas, kidnapped at the same time, was Betancourt's campaign manager.

Betancourt's husband and mother don't want Uribe to do this. Her mother is quoted saying that such a move by the government will "mean death" for Ingrid.

Ms Betancourt has apparently tried several times since her kidnapping in 2002 to escape, suffering each time by being "severely punished".

Ms. Betancourt, who is also a French citizen, has been the topic of discussions between Uribe and Sarcozi (sp?), the newly elected President of France, who suggested a negotiated effort instead of a military one.

Is there anything we can do? Any ideas? She is apparently being brutally treated, chained by the neck at night to keep her from escaping.
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