Ingrid Betancourt Responds to Critics: "I wasn't going to accept being treated like an object"
By Mariela Rosario | 09/23/2010 - 17:15

Oprah Winfrey hosted famous Colombian hostage and former presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt on her talk show this week and the interview was riveting. Betancourt speaks about how we she was able to survive for so long in the jungle and what happened when she tried to escape not one, not twice, but four times from the FARC's captivity.


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Videos of Colombian Hostages Released
By Mariela Rosario | 09/01/2009 - 12:00

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebels recently released videos to family members of nine kidnapped hostages as proof that they were still alive.

Videos of the soldiers and police officers were handed over to Senator Piedad Cordoba, who has been acting as a liaison between the government and the rebel forces in an attempt to negotiate the release of the hostages. The videos come right on the heels of information that the FARC rebels recently released concerning two other soldiers who had been kidnapped in 2007 and 2008.


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Shakira Returns to Colombia to Promote Education
By Mariela Rosario | 03/06/2009 - 14:45

The BBC's Rajesh Mirchandani recently accompanied pop mega star Shakira on a trip through Colombia to raise awareness for disadvantaged children and education. They traveled to the north-west border province of Choco, a poor and remote location deep in the Colombian jungle to visit a school funded by Shakira.


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Chiquita Seeks Dismissal of $7.86 Billion Lawsuit Filed by Colombian Families
By Mariela Rosario | 03/02/2009 - 15:30


Chiquita International Brands
is currently seeking dismissal of a nearly $8 billion lawsuit filed on behalf of about 400 Colombian families. In 2007, Chiquita admitted to giving money to the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia or AUC. The AUC was deemed a terrorist organization by the United States in 2002, making it a crime to give them money. The corporation asked a judge to dismiss lawsuits claiming the banana company has a responsibility to the families of the victims of violent acts committed by the AUC.


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FARC Guerrillas Admit to Indigenous Murders
By Mariela Rosario | 02/18/2009 - 16:30

The Marxist FARC guerrillas recently admitted that they were behind the massacre of 8 Indians in the Southwest region of Colombia. Government officials and Human rights organizations had accused the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia of killing 27 Awa Indians, but details hadn't emerged and members of the Awa community had admitted it was difficult to identify the attackers since the murders occurred at night.


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FARC Rebels Accused of Killing Indigenous Peasants
By Maya Pope-Chappell | 02/13/2009 - 17:30

The FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) are said to have attacked the Awa in remote village of Narino state—southwest of Columbia—because of their support for the Colombian government. The guerrilla force may be responsible for the bloodshed of at least 10 Awa Indians, adding to the 17 reportedly killed by the FARC last week.


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Ex-Governor Freed By FARC Criticizes Uribe's Handling of Crisis
By Mariela Rosario | 02/04/2009 - 18:15

Alan Jara, the former governor of Meta, was freed yesterday after being held captive in the jungle by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) for over 7 years. Guerrillas with the FARC handed Jara over to members of the International Committee of the Red Cross.

The release was mediated by Piedad Cordoba, a leftist opposition senator. Jara, 51, boarded a helicopter and traveled to Villavicencio, 56 miles southeast of Bogota, where his family was waiting. A tearful reunion followed.


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Former FARC Hostage Ingrid Betancourt Back in Colombia, Visiting South American Leaders
By Mariela Rosario | 12/02/2008 - 12:30

Ingrid Betancourt has returned to her native Colombia for the first time since her release from captivity in July. Betancourt was kidnapped back in 2002 by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and held for six years deep in the Colombian jungle.


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