A call had come in from a top adviser to Alfonso Cano, their new supreme commander. He said to move. Or so the guerrillas thought.
She bounded down the stairs of the military aircraft, grinning like a teenager returning from a foreign holiday. On her back was a large rucksack, which, she explained later, contained a dictionary, a sheaf of undelivered letters to her family and "all sorts of rubbish" she had gathered during six years, five months and 10 days in captivity in the Colombian jungle. The last time the world saw Ingrid Betancourt was in a video released seven months ago by her captors, the ultra-left Farc guerrillas.
Ingrid Betancourt is small, slight, well-coutured. Formerly a Colombian presidential candidate, she spent six years in captivity, held in the jungle by the Farcthe Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. When we meet in New York, two years after her rescue, the only outward sign of her ordeal is the rough crucifix she wears around her wrist — she fashioned it out of rope in the jungle — and, if you stare impertinently, some small marks around her neck where a chain once lay.
Wichtigster brasilianischer Journalistenpreis "Premio Embratel" in der Kategorie "Auslandskorrespondenten" im Jahr Back in Colombia, Betancourt made it her mission to fight corruption, denouncing leading politicians for their connections to the drug mafia. The attacks struck a sour note within the conservative establishment, and Betancourt developed a reputation as the black sheep of a prominent political family.
The operation took place on July 2,along the Apaporis River in the department of Guaviare. The other hostages freed were Marc GonsalvesThomas Howesand Keith Stansellthree American military contractors employed by Northrop Grumman  and 11 Colombian military and police. The operation's name was derived from the Spanish term for a check in chess.
Ben uses striking naked images of himself, often in dramatic locations, as a way to draw attention to his writing on mental health. He says that in the early part of his life he was living on autopilot and felt unable to show his sensitive side. This led to anxiety, depression, feelings of emptiness, and sexual and relationship problems.
I'm John Roberts. We are following breaking news tonight. Three American hostages held by a brutal Colombian terrorist group for more than five years have been rescued, along with former Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt.
Miss Betancourt, 47, is being feted by Hollywood producers after it emerged she had spent much of the time chained by her neck to a tree, and subjected to torture, by the terrorist organisation Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. But the most provocative claim from the first book about the experience, Out of Captivity, by three fellow American prisoners, was not about the forced marches in chains and close calls under fire. It was the extraordinary allegations about the behaviour of Miss Betancourt, a Colombian politician, with dual French nationality.
Betancourt, right, is greeted by her mother Yolanda. It was a despairing letter — written at gunpoint deep in the dense and humid Colombian jungle — to her mother. When it was released, the letter was accompanied by a video shot by her captors to prove she was alive, in which she stared at the ground, her face gaunt.
This is the emotional moment Ingrid Betancourt discovered she and and 14 other hostages were being freed in a dramatic rescue operation. The former Colombian presidential candidate and French citizen was liberated after six years of captivity in the Colombian jungle after Colombia's military duped rebels into turning over the hostages, Defence Minister Juan Manuel Santos said. Video filmed during the operation shows the hostages filing grim-faced towards the helicopter in a grassy clearing fringed with a coca field, before embracing and weeping with joy when they are in the air and realise they are free.