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Ex-hostages send messages to FARC captives

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Ex-hostages send messages to FARC captives


Former Colombian hostages, who escaped their FARC captors last week, said they wouldn’t forget the people left behind. They have honoured that promise with an emotional radio broadcast to those still in captivity.

Jhon Jairo Duran, one former hostage, said on air:
“Good morning to all of you listening to this wonderful programme, which gives one the energy, and the will to support such humiliation.”

The radio is the only link to captured FARC prisoners, albeit via a one-way conversation. Some of those held were kidnapped years ago.

“Dad. I want to tell you that I adore you with all the power in my heart and that I will continue fighting until the last instant, not only to get you out but each and every one of the hostages who are there in the jungle,” said a sobbing Cristian Camilo Lozano into a microphone at the Caracol radio station.

Politician Ingrid Betancourt said similar words from her children kept her alive. She broadcast a message saying French President Nicolas Sarkozy was committed to their freedom.

One of the hostages rescued by Colombian forces painted a stark picture of his captivity. He said he was kept deliberately weak from lack of foods, was chained by the neck and forced to sleep outdoors even in torrential rain.

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