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Ingrid Betancourt
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    (December 25, 1961- )
    Born in Bogota, Colombia
    Holds dual Colombian-French citizenship
    Wrote 'Until Death Do Us Part: My Struggle to Reclaim Colombia' (2001)
    Served in the Colombian Chamber of Representatives (1994-98) and Senate (1998-2002)
    Kidnapped by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) while campaigning for president (February 23, 2002)
    Freed with 14 other hostages by Colombian security forces (July 2, 2008)
    She spent most of her life abroad before deciding to enter Colombian politics.
    During her first campaign, she distributed condoms, saying she would be like a condom against corruption.
    She was kidnapped while campaigning in an area with high guerrilla activity despite warnings from the police and military.
    After her rescue, Swiss radio claimed that her release was actually the result of $20 million being paid to a FARC guerrilla.
    She had to send her two children to live with her ex-husband in New Zealand due to death threats.
    While she was held hostage, crowds at French sporting events were asked to applaud for five minutes to show their support.
    After her rescue, she thanked Colombian President Uribe, whom she had been running against when she was kidnapped.

Credit: C. Fishel

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