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Colombian Hostages 09/06/2010

28 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 09 June 2010

FARC, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia have been fighting the government of the South American country since the 1960s.

Their tactics have involved kidnapping members of the armed forces and politicians, some of whom they've held for years.

In this programme, Juan Carlos Jaramillo explores these political kidnappings in Colombia, and the personal and moral journeys of the victims.

Among others, he speaks to ex-Congressmen Luis Eladio Pérez and Gloria Polanco de Losada, who were held for over six years.

What spiritual resources did they draw upon in order to survive such a long enclosure?

How did they cope with people holding a different moral compass to their own?

And did their forced imprisonment create a different way of seeing the world and conducting human relationships, even changing their lives?

Luis Eladio Perez has written a book about his time as a hostage.

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