A former hostage of the FARC lobbies for reconciliation

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Ingrid Betancourt was running for President of Colombia in 2002 when FARC rebels kidnapped her and held her hostage for six years. Today she is campaigning for reconciliation.

Correspondent Michelle Begue speaks with Ingrid Betancourt to learn more about this victim of the 50-year conflict who has forgiven her captors and is appealing to other victims to embrace forgiveness as well.

Ingrid Betancourt now lives in France but she paid a visit to her home country to take part in a conference in Bogota to discuss the concept of reconciliation. She believes that as the government negotiates peace, Colombians need to do their part too.

Almost 300 civilian organizations joined forces and toured Colombia. At the conference, they held open debates about reconciliation. They say they’ve reached over 6 million people so far – the equivalent of one-eighth of the country´s population.

Watch Michelle Begue’s story here.

A former hostage of the FARC lobbies for reconciliation

A former hostage of the FARC lobbies for reconciliation

Ingrid Betancourt was running for President of Colombia in 2002 when FARC rebels kidnapped her and held her hostage for six years. Today she is campaigning for reconciliation. Correspondent Michelle Begue speaks with Ingrid Betancourt to learn more about this victim of the 50-year conflict who has forgiven her captors and is appealing to other victims to embrace forgiveness as well. Ingrid Betancourt now lives in France but she paid a visit to her home country to take part in a conference to discuss the concept of reconciliation. She believes that as the government negotiates peace, Colombians need to do their part too. Almost 300 civilian organizations joined forces and toured Colombia. At the conference, they held open debates about reconciliation. They say they've reached over 6 million people so far - the equivalent of one-eighth of the country´s population. Watch Michelle Begue’s story here.