Still a Hostage

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Juan Carlos LeCompte, husband of Colombian ex-presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt, abducted by

Juan Carlos LeCompte, husband of Colombian ex-presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt, abducted by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), shows pictures of Ingrid's children Lorenzo and Melanie Delloye. Source: Getty Images/AFP hide caption

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Two of the hostages held for years by ColumbianColombian rebels are reportedly on their way home. Hugo Chavez, the President of Venezuela, said today that he talked with Clara Rojas and Consuelo Gonzalez, and that both are free after almost six years in the jungles of ColumbiaColombia. Conspicuously absent in the release is Ingrid Betancourt. She's a former presidential candidate in ColumbiaColombia, who was kidnapped while campaigning with Rojas. Betancourt's husband has agreed to talk to us on the show today. Juan Carlos Lecompte will try to describe what life has been like these past six years, and if today's release might be a new sign of hope for him and their two children.



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We hope the colombian government and the FARC both have the will to hold negotiations and an eventual humanitary exchange. Mr. Lacompte, stay strong. Here we'll continue to hope for Ingrid's and the other hostage's liberation.

Sent by Silvia Tanner | 4:04 PM | 1-10-2008

thanks Neal, for the incredible interview with Juan Carlos LeCompte.As a Colombian native i appreciate any news from my country where i have not been for the past 12 years due to the violence and instability; however I
still love my country and wish the violence would led up so people like me don't have to feel scared to take our families to see the real beauty of Colombia.

Sent by Paola Jackson | 4:19 PM | 1-10-2008

As a Colombian I am overjoyed at the release of these two women. However this cannot divert the worlds attention to the horrors the FARC has put Colombia through. Anyone out there MUST keep at the top of their mind that these terrorists are nothing more than nacro-dealing criminals keeping the under world economies of illeagal drug trade and illegal arm dealing very much a booming business. It is so painful to see men like Mr Oliver Stone with such an erroneous picture of the reality of the armed conflict in my country.

Sent by K. Bernal | 4:20 PM | 1-10-2008

Colombia is misspelled. The country is spelled with an o, not a u. The tag on the article is also misspelled.

Sent by Ana Chang | 1:34 AM | 1-11-2008

Right you are, Ana - thanks for the corrections.

Sent by Sarah Handel | 12:18 PM | 1-14-2008

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