Betancourt to write play about her FARC ordeal

July 7th, 2008 - 11:17 am ICT by IANS  

Paris, July 7 (IANS) Former Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt has said that she will write a play about her harrowing experience of being held hostage for six years by leftist rebels in the jungles of Colombia, EFE news agency reported Monday. “I will write a theatre work,” the 46-year-old French-Colombian politician said in an interview with Le Journal du Dimanche newspaper published here Sunday.

“I have no pretensions to write too much, but I want to leave a testament of what I experienced so that people can understand … (that) we can all be angels or devils for others,” she said when asked whether she would write a book about her ordeal.

Betancourt was freed last Wednesday along with 14 others from the captivity of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, in a bloodless Colombian military and intelligence operation.

The former presidential candidate, who arrived in France Friday with her family to thank French authorities and the French people for the efforts they made to obtain her freedom, said that she would return to Colombia “within a few days”.

In the meantime, she wants to “see France” and be alone with her children and to “spend time” with her family.

Betancourt expressed her “complete happiness” with the results of the medical exams she was given Saturday at the military Val-de-Grace hospital in Paris, which relieved her fears that she might be suffering from cancer.

Betancourt also urged the French government to continue its support to release the other hostages of the FARC.

“I have left behind human beings who are still in the hands of the FARC. So I still need you (France) because we cannot leave them where they are,” Betancourt told the newspaper, echoing comments made to Sarkozy in public Friday.

In separate comments to Colombian radio, Betancourt said that French President Nicolas Sarkozy will continue working to obtain the release of the other hostages still being held by the FARC in Colombia.

Sarkozy has ordered his advisers to “continue fighting for all the hostages who remain in the jungle,” she told Caracol Radio.

Meanwhile, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet told Sunday’s edition of the La Nacion newspaper that she would recommend Betancourt for the Nobel Peace Prize.

“I will immediately begin vigorously pushing her candidacy for the Nobel Peace Prize,” Bachelet told the newspaper, adding that she would invite Betancourt to Chile “in the future, when things have calmed down and when this enormous world attention is over”.

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