“It was a blatant stupidity having accompanied Ingrid on her journey to San Vicente del Caguan”, former FARC hostage Clara Rojas told the Spanish press agency EFE. According to the press agency, Rojas states that in the book she is going to publish about her kidnapping in February 2002. The book is expected to be published in Colombia mid April.
Ingrid Betancourt was running for presidency in the beginning of 2002 and wanted to visit San Vicente del Caguan, where just the peace talks between the Colombian government and the FARC had failed. The area was still under FARC control. Ingrid was advised not to go but she insisted and Clara joined her out of loyalty and friendship”, as she told EFE.
Their car was stopped by the guerrilla and they were forced to get into another car. Six years later Clara Rojas was liberated thanks to the mediation of Venezuela’s president Chávez and Colombian senator Piedad Córdoba.
She calls the six years lost time.
In the jungle she got a son, Emmanuel. Until now she hasn’t wanted to tell who the father is and if she had a love story with him.
It was already known that the friendship between Ingrid and Clara ended during captivity. Clara mentions a progressive distance after several attempts of the two women to escape.
To Spain’s daily El País Clara told that she felt extremely lonely during captivity.