Perhaps the world’s most famous hostage, she was subjected to torture and humiliation at the hands of the Marxist guerrillas, who held her for over six years in the Colombian Jungle.
Colombian security forces implemented a dramatic rescue operation to free her and 14 other hostages in 2009.
Ingrid Betancourt’s kidnapping by the Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) was no coincidence. As a presidential candidate renowned for her willingness to fight corruption in Colombia, she knew the risks she was taking. As she wrote in her book, Until Death Do Us Part, “Now that I’ve arrived at this point, will they kill me, too? My relationship with death is like that of a tightrope walker: we’re both doing something dangerous, and we’ve calculated the risks, but our love of perfection invariably overcomes our fear.”