Colombia: ICRC preparing for the release of 10 persons held by the FARC-EP
30-03-2012 News Footage
On Monday April 2nd the release of 10 soldiers and police members held by the FARC-EP will start. The men have been held for up to 14 years without contact with the outside world, The International Committee of the Red Cross is facilitating this operation after agreement between the parties involved.
On Monday April 2nd the release of 10 soldiers and police members held by the FARC-EP will start. The men have been held for up to 14 years without contact with the outside world, The International Committee of the Red Cross is facilitating this operation after agreement between the parties involved. Jordi Raich, head of delegation of the ICRC in Colombia says:
0:00 General view of the ICRC Colombia delegation, Bogota
0:08 Everything is ready to start on the 2nd of April as planned; helicopters, the security protocol and the different agreements from the different parts are ready, so, if everything works as planned, it should be flying the Brazilian helicopters from Brazil to Colombia on the 1st of April. And, as I said before, everything is ready from the logistics and the security point of view to do the first release operation on the 2nd, and it should be the case, if it should be needed, a second release operation on the 4th.
0:40 We know the families and the loved ones of all these people have been waiting for so long: 12, 13, 14 years, and now is a very difficult moment, a moment of nervousness. Our main message to them is to be patient for two or three more days because this is an extremely complex operation where many people are involved and the key point of it all is to do it in a safe way, security is an extremely important to us.
1:08 The main worry of the ICRC has always been, and it remains, the persons that have been deprived of liberty for so long as well as their families. We have to take into account we have been accompanying all along the way, particularly the families, in the form of psychological support. Now we are approaching the time where they will be reunited after so long, and it is a moment of happiness for us, a satisfaction for us, and no doubt, for the families as well. But the job of the ICRC won't finish here because after this reunion after some many years of separation, there is still a lot to do to help them overcame the trauma of this period of time that they have not been together, without news; to help them reintegrating into society, reuniting with their families, and the ICRC will be there with both the released and the families to provide psychological support for as long as it is needed.
For further information, please contact:
María Cristina Rivera, ICRC Bogotá, tel. +57 311 4910775
Steven Anderson, ICRC Geneva, tel. +41 22 730 2011 or +41 79 536 92