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Instead, it's the happiest outcome: the hostages are safe, and the government's principles are intact. But the trip was a carefully orchestrated ruse, and as the helicopter took off with the hostages and two FARC guards from a jungle clearing about 45 miles southeast of the town of San Jose del Guaviare, commandos subdued the rebels without firing a shot.The helicopter in fact belonged to the Colombian army, and the crew was a special services unit.The 46-year-old Betancourt, who was held for more than six years, called the rescue operation impeccable..."God carried out this miracle," she said."This is a miracle because I know that all of you suffered with my family, my children, with me. For what’s in the program take a look at tonight’s Evening Buzz.In 2002, Íngrid Betancourt was a Colombian senator, campaigning for president as the candidate of the Green Oxygen party, when she and her campaign manager, Clara Rojas, were kidnapped by guerillas from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.In a second, as she writes in a new memoir, Even Silence Has an End, she had become a captive – her prison, the Amazon jungle.If we were lucky, we would be able to hang a hammock and stay in the hammock for the day under a mosquito net, but we could also be forced to just sleep on the floor on a plastic sheet.”As a member of Colombia’s elite, with dual French citizenship, Betancourt says, she was often treated with special harshness.”First, because I was a politician and no one likes politicians, especially the guerillas,” she said.“And whenever I tried to explain to them that I was fighting to change the system, they would turn and say, ‘Politicians always say the same.’ And they were right.
Her son, who had been taken from her by the FARC, was found in the care of a peasant family, and returned to her. “He said, ‘You will be out when your hair will be on your heels.'”In July of that year – when Betancourt’s hair had grown waist-length – a helicopter team landed at the camp to transfer 14 of the hostages. Betancourt despaired that they would be moved even deeper into the Amazon. They quickly subdued several FARC guerillas who had accompanied the hostages aboard.“For me, the only thing that was important in those humiliating times, very hard, and some sadistic situations where we had the guards being violent and cruel, what I thought was always keeping my dignity, as much as I could preserving the respect I had for myself,” she said.