As a candidate for the Colombian presidency in 2002, she was brave—or foolish—enough to campaign near the jungle stronghold of rebel paramilitaries. That’s when Ingrid Betancourt was taken hostage and held captive for six years, becoming the icon of the government and civilians’ struggle against a drug-fueled armed resistance. Her memoir, Even Silence Has an End, sheds light on those dark days.
Ingrid Betancourt, author of Even Silence Has an End: My Six Years of Captivity in the Colombian Jungle. She is a former Colombian Senator and presidential candidate.