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Delays prolong Colombia hostage wait

Delays prolong Colombia hostage wait
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The wait goes on for three hostages due to be released from the Colombian jungle by their Marxist rebel captors. For Clara Rojas and Consuelo Gonzalez, the end of six years of captivity is almost within sight.

Rojas, who it’s thought is to be released with a son she gave birth to whilst in captivity, was kidnapped along with Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt. For now though, Betancourt is to remain in the jungle.

The families of Rojas and Gonzalez are in Venezuela’s capital Caracas waiting for news of their loved ones. Gonzalez’ daughter told how Venezuelan officials have urged them to be patient because such a delicate rescue operation can take unexpected twists.

The last time Rojas’ family saw her was in a video filmed by the FARC rebels in 2003. They have never seen her son. Rojas’ mother said: “It doesn’t matter if it takes another day or two days, the important thing is that it gets done. What matters to me is how carefully the operation is carried out.”

Venezuelan Red Cross helicopters have been waiting all weekend for instructions to lead them to the hostages. Mission co-ordinators believe the rebels fear giving away their own position.

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