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- Ingrid Betancourt
Ingrid Betancourt (born December 25, 1961) is a Colombian politician, former senator and anti-corruption activist. Betancourt was kidnapped by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) on February 23, 2002 and only rescued from captivity six and a half years later, along with fourteen hostages (including three Americans), by Colombian security forces on July 2, 2008.
In all, she was held captive for 2,321 days after being taken while campaigning for the Colombian presidency as a Green, after she decided to campaign in an area of high guerrilla presence in spite of warnings from the government, police and military not to do so. Her kidnapping has received wide coverage in France due to her French citizenship, and the government of France had participated as a facilitator for the release of Betancourt and all prisoners held by the FARC guerrillas. However, these negotiations were unfruitful. Betancourt was ultimately rescued by Colombian troops in July 2008.