There is new evidence that hostages held by Colombia’s FARC rebels, are still alive. The government has shown videos of kidnapped politician, Ingrid Betancourt and three Americans among others. The tapes, which include footage from October, were confiscated from suspected rebels captured in an army operation in the capital Bogota.
This is the first proof since 2003 that Betancourt, a dual French-Colombian citizen and former presidential candidate, is alive. There have been increased international efforts this year to secure the release of the hostages, Ingrid Betancourt in particular.