The mystery and waiting continues for the families of hostages held by rebels in Colombia. The mission to free three captives has taken a bizarre twist amid claims one of the trio, a young boy born in captivity, is already out of kidnappers’ hands.
DNA samples are being used to establish whether the child in care is Emmanuel, the young son of captive Clara Rojas. Her brother Ivan says physical similarities exist and the timing coincides, but DNA tests will settle the matter.
The child is being held in a family welfare centre after being haded over to doctors at a hospital in Bogota some time ago.
A doctor there said: “A man who said he was the uncle brought him here and said the child is totally neglected, and that he was in the care of some indigenous people and that his parents had died.”
Seized with Franco-Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt, Rojas and her son, were due to be released. Colombian leader Alvaro Uribe has suggested FARC rebels backed off from a handover because they no longer have the child. The guerilla group says intense army operations in the jungle region make the release impossible for now.