Ingrid Betancourt Traveling Through Latin America
By Dialogo December 03, 2008VOA News Former hostage Ingrid Betancourt is traveling throughout Latin America in a bid to secure the release of hostages still in hands of leftist rebels in the jungle of Colombia. Betancourt arrived in Bogota on Saturday, returning to her homeland for the first time since she was rescued by a military operation in July. The former politician is trying to win regional support to convince the rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC, to release their hostages. It is believed that FARC are holding hostage at least 700 captives waiting for a reward or political advantage. Betancourt met privately on Saturday with Colombian President Álvaro Uribe in Bogota. She also plans to visit Ecuador, Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Chile, Bolivia and Venezuela.