Sunday, July 29, 2007

Ingrid Betancourt & Clara Rojas safe?

As many of you know, Ingrid Betancourt was running for President of Colombia when she and her campaign manager, Clara Rojas, were kidnapped by the FARC, Fuerzas Armadas Revolutionaria de Colombia or in English, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. Yes, my Spanish sucks.

Betancourt was the nominee of El Partido Verde/Oxigena. That means "The Green Oxygen Party".

Today I link to several articles about the FARC apparently killing more than a dozen hostages in what they are calling a "mistake". They apparently thought they were under government attack when, in fact, one group of FARC fired on another, and the hostages were caught in the crossfire.

I have not found anything yet which indicates that Rojas of Betancourt were injured or killed. Hopefully they are both safe. I pray they come home soon. They have suffered too much.

From iol.co.za

This, from Times Online, indicates that Ms. Sarkozy of France may try to win Betancourt's release

This article is from Reuters

This piece at Euro News again points to efforts to free Betancourt by Cecilia Sarkozy.

Again, Reuters reports that FARC is claiming that Colombia has resorted to mercenaries to try to free Betancourt and others.

This situation is such a mess. I really hope that Rojas and Betancourt can be freed, and soon.
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