Hostage details captors' hatred for her

Sept. 28, 2009 at 10:55 AM
| License Photo

TORONTO, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Former hostage Ingrid Betancourt says she is convinced the guerrillas who held her in the Colombian jungle for more than six years clearly hated her.

Betancourt told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. in an exclusive interview scheduled for broadcast Monday night that she represented everything her captors despised.

"I was a politician. They hated politicians," she said. "I was a person with some education. They had none, so they thought I (had) a privileged social background and they hated me for that."

Betancourt, a former Columbian presidential candidate, was captured by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia (FARC) in 2002. She and 14 other hostages were rescued last year by a group of Columbia military agents posting as FARC members.

"Sometimes I had one person that was human, and it was like a gift," Betancourt said. "But mostly they were trained to be very cold, cruel."

Betancourt was in Canada to receive several awards.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Greeks vote overwhelmingly to reject creditors' bailout
Maine man dead after shooting firework off head, police say
Russian resupply spacecraft docks onto ISS to deliver needed provisions
Third disturbance in four days erupts at Arizona prison
Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa targeted heavily in airstrikes