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Betancourt enjoys first day of freedom from FARC rebels

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Betancourt enjoys first day of freedom from FARC rebels


Ingrid Betancourt can now start planning the rest of her life after her rescue from a six-year kidnap ordeal in the Colombian jungle. Posing as aid workers, Colombian troops told her FARC captors they were transporting 15 hostages to meet the rebel leader.

She, 11 Colombians and three Americans were then whisked away to freedom. Betancourt, a former Colombian presidential candidate, was kidnapped after ignoring warnings not to take her election campaign into FARC territory. “I kept playing it out like a movie in my head many times. Had I been pressured? Had I been stubborn? Today, with hindsight, I feel it was my destiny. I feel I had to live through what I lived through, that I had to find out what I did find out.”

The 46-year old Franco-Colombian was greeted by her mother and husband on the tarmac in Colombia.

She has a son and daughter from a previous marriage. They have been central figures in the six-year campaign to get her freed and flew from France last night for what promises to be an emotional reunion.

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