Colombian Hostage Freed After 12 Years - Slate Magazine
Colombian Hostage Freed After 12 Years
Sergeant Pablo Emilio Moncayo was freed after being held in captivity in the jungle by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, for 12 years. The second hostage handover this week has increased hopes that President Alvaro Uribe may finally be making broader progress in the U.S.-backed fight against guerrilla warriors and cocaine traffickers. Moncayo, now 32, was seen occasionally in videos filmed by his rebel captors over the past decade and thanks his father, who traveled across the country wearing chains, for his continuing efforts to raise awareness about his plight. FARC is still believed to be holding another 22 police and soldiers hostage.