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Freed FARC hostage reunited with young son

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Freed FARC hostage reunited with young son


Recently-released Colombian hostage Clara Rojas has been reunited with the son she has not seen for three years. Accompanied by her mother and brother, Rojas spent her first precious moments with little Emmanuel. Fathered by one of her rebel kidnappers and born in captivity, Emmanuel was taken from her when he was just eight months old. The boy ended up in care in the Colombian capital, Bogota.

Seeing him again was a priority for Rojas, who spent nearly six years imprisoned in the jungle. She thanked well-wishers at home and abroad and said she had no words to express her feelings.

Freed with a fellow hostage last week after the intervention of Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez, Rojas has only just returned to her homeland from Caracas.

Her friend Ingrid Betancourt, with whom she was abducted in 2002, is still held by the FARC, with around 750 other hostages.

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