30 December, 2007

Waiting in Hope

Checking "Clara Rojas" on Google News, hoping that there will be some good news for her and all those kidnapped in Colombia. Clara was on the ticket with Ingrid Betancourt running for the presidency of Colombia on a Green Party ticket almost six years ago when they were kidnapped by the FARC while travelling through a demilitarised zone on the campaign trail.

Chavez is central to it all. The flamboyant left-of-centre President of neighbouring Venezuala waved off the rescue helicopters two days ago. Needless to say, film director Oliver Stone was beside him, to record the moment for posterity.

It's a cat and mouse game, with Venezuelan ex-Minister Ramon Rodriguez Chacin, direct representative of President Hugo Chavez acting as the go-between as the bearer of the co-ordinates to the pick-up point. He is reporting to the International Committee of the Red Cross, in order to to immediately execute the last phase of the Emmanuel operation, as Chavez called it, named after the name of Clara's three year old son, conceived and born while in captivity.

If Clara is released it might reduce tensions in the region and pave the way for the release of Betancourt and others kidnapped in Colombia.

Now there's a report coming through of rockets being fired at a Colombian plane at Neiva. Let's hope that there's good news for the start of 2008.


Ciarán said...

10 January 2008 1700

This looks finally like we have some good news...

Two women hostages held in the Amazon jungle by Colombian rebels for more than five years have been freed, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Thursday.

"They are free. I told them both, 'Welcome to life,'" he told reporters here, after spearheading a mission to release the two under the auspices of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

The ICRC in Bogota confirmed that the two, Clara Rojas, 44, and former lawmaker Consuelo Gonzalez, 57, had been been handed over to their officials.

"We have the happy news that Clara Rojas and Consuelo Gonzalez are in our hands. We are very happy," said ICRC official Barbara Hintermann in Bogota.

Ciarán said...

Unbelieveable news, fantastic