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NO ES UNA NOVELA DE FICCION, SINO ES LA NARRACION DE HECHOS HISTORICOS RECIENTES NARRADOS DESDE UNA PERPECTIVA SUMAMENTE INTERESANTE.
ES UNA FORMA DE CONOCER LA POLITICA DE ESTE PAIS.
Ingrid Betancourt chose to insert herself into a political climate in Columbia that is rife with corruption, blackmail, intimidation, and sometimes, murder.
On February 23, 2002, Ingrid was kidnapped by the Marxist rebels operating in the jungles of Columbia as she attempted to bring her message of justice and peace to the disenfranchised Columbian people living in the rural and desperately poor areas of the country.
Only the most cynical person would fail to see the sincerity of Betancourt's belief that one day Columbia can be a democracy that its people can be truly proud.
Her story isn't just a good read. Its necessary reading for anyone who doubts the world lacks people of conscience and courage.
Vaya con dios, Ingrid
As you may know Ingrid was abducted Feb 23, 2002 by FARC, a marxist guerilla group in Colombia. She is still a candidate (there are 3000 persons held hostages in Colombia and the Parliament passed a law allowing anyone held hostage to run for office...) but there is little chance she'll be released soon.
This is really an opportunity to get to know Ingrid, one of the Great of this world and to learn about her incredible determination. You'll be amazed at what this woman, with little support and barely no money, did in the last 12 years to denounce corruption, fight drug trafickers and violence.
Even without an interest in Colombia or in politics, readers of all ages will be inspired by Ingrid Betancourt's story. She shows herself to be a courageous, intelligent, honest, and deeply compassionate woman. Reading about her real-life struggles against the corrupt powers that be in Colombia -- working not for her own gains but for the people of her country -- is more exciting, and chilling, than reading about the similar adventures of any fictional character. If this were fiction, it would be hard to believe.
Having been in Colombia and met many of the unempowered people to whom she dedicates her life, I can understand her commitment to them and to her country. Many "ordinary" Colombians share Ingrid's hopes for peace and real democracy, and many of them exhibit the same incredible courage that she shows in her book.
We can only pray that Ingrid will be as successful in her bid for the Presidency of Colombia in May 2002 as she was in her bid for Senator! It will be a fierce struggle, but she has already overcome many tremendous and frightening obstacles in her remarkable life.