Ingrid Betancourt was kidnapped by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in February 2002 and was rescued by Colombian security forces six and a half years later in July 2008. The rescue operation, dubbed Operation Jaque, rescued Betancourt along with 14 other hostages (three Americans and eleven Colombian policemen and soldiers). In this episode of "Conversations," we talk with Betancourt about her struggles and experiences during her years in captivity, the difficulties in returning to freedom and her book, "Even Silence Has an End: My Six Years of Captivity in the Colombian Jungle".
Ingrid Betancourt was born in Bogota, Colombia and raised in France. She was educated in Colombia, England and France. In the mid-1990's she returned to Colombia after having lived abroad in various countries and worked at the Ministry of Finance and later, the Ministry of Foreign Trade. From there, Betancourt was elected to the House of Representatives and eventually became Senator of Colombia. In 2001, Betancourt began a presidential campaign, and embarked on a bus tour of the country. At a check point near San Vicente del Caguan she was stopped by FARC forces and kidnapped.
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