100 Women: Ingrid Betancourt - God, death and the jungle
22 October 2013 Last updated at 09:31 BST
Ingrid Betancourt was running for president of Colombia when she was kidnapped by guerrillas in 2002. She was held in the jungle for more than six years.
She now studies theology at Oxford University - determined to understand more about her her own humanity and relationship with God.
Her captivity separated her from her children and imposed numerous hardships, but now she thanks God for it.
Speaking to the BBC for its 100 Women series, she says she now understands that acceptance of death is essential to true freedom.
Ingrid Betancourt will be in London for the BBC's 100 Women event on Friday 25 October.
For details of who else will be there, and the rest of our coverage from this month's season, visit our special 100 Women website.