Ingrid Betancourt can now start planning the rest of her life after her six-year ordeal in the Colombian jungle. The rescue operation was daring and unprecedented. Posing as aid workers, Colombian troops told her FARC captors they were transporting hostages to meet the rebel leader. She, eleven Colombians and three Americans were then whisked to freedom in a helicopter.
Betancourt, a former Colombian presidential candidate, was seized after she chose to ignore warnings not to take her campaign into rebel territory. It was a decision she has had plenty of time to think about: