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Colombia: two hostages released under the auspices of the ICRC

10-01-2008 News Release 08/2

Geneva/Bogotá (ICRC) – FARC-EP today released Clara Rojas and Consuelo González de Perdomo to a humanitarian mission led by delegates of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in the rural region of Guaviare department, Colombia.


Clara Rojas after she was freed near San Jose del Guaviare -   TV grab taken from Telesur footage    
    Two helicopters bearing the ICRC emblem took the freed hostages to Santo Domingo, Venezuela. From there, they will be flown to the Venezuelan capital Caracas, where they will be reunited with their families and loved ones.
The ICRC th anks all parties – especially the government of Colombia, the government of Venezuela and FARC – for contributing to the success of this humanitarian operation and making it possible for these two people to be reunited with their families after a number of years in captivity.
The ICRC continues to be concerned about all hostages still in the hands of armed groups, and the suffering endured by families as they wait for relatives to be released.
As a neutral, impartial and independent humanitarian organization, the ICRC continues to search for any mechanism that could bring about the prompt release of the hostages.  
For more information, please contact:
  Yves Heller, ICRC Bogotá, tel. +57 1 313 86 30 or +57 1 311 4 91 07 89
  Irma Álvarez, ICRC Caracas, tel. +58 416 618 89 12 or 58 212 266 86 86
  Marçal Izard, ICRC Geneva, tel. +41 22 730 2458 or +41 79 217 32 24