Ingrid Betancourt

Born December 25, 1961, in Bogata, Ingrid Betancourt grew up in Paris where her father served as Colombia’s UNESCO ambassador. In 2002, she published a memoir, Until Death Do We Part: My Struggle to Reclaim Columbia, which was a bestseller in France and Colombia. At the time of Betancourt’s capture, she was an elected senator running for president and leading a crusade against political corruption in Colombia. For almost six years, the FARC has held Betancourt hostage in the Colombian jungle.