Íngrid Betancourt

Politician

1961 –

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Who is Íngrid Betancourt?

Ingrid Betancourt Pulecio is a Colombian politician, former senator and anti-corruption activist. Betancourt was kidnapped by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia on 23 February 2002 and was rescued by Colombian security forces six and a half years later on 2 July 2008. The rescue operation, dubbed Operation Jaque, rescued Betancourt along with 14 other hostages. In all, she was held captive for six years after being taken while campaigning for the Colombian presidency as a Green. She had decided to campaign in the former "zone of distention", after the military operation "Tanatos" was launched, and after the zone was declared free of guerrillas by the government. Her kidnapping received worldwide coverage, particularly in France, where she also held citizenship due to her prior marriage to a French diplomat.

She has received multiple international awards, such as the Légion d'honneur. In 2008 she received the Concord Prince of Asturias Award. After her release, she was portrayed by some of her fellow captives as 'controlling and manipulative'; others described her as a person with a caring and courageous nature. One of them claims Betancourt saved his life.

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Born
Dec 25, 1961
Bogotá
Also known as
  • Íngrid Betancourt Pulecio
Parents
Spouses
Children
Religion
  • Catholicism
Nationality
  • France
Profession
Education
  • Bachelor of Arts, Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris
    Political Science
  • Harris Manchester College, Oxford

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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