Even Silence Has an End : My Six Years of Captivity in the Colombian Jungle, Paperback

Even Silence Has an End : My Six Years of Captivity in the Colombian Jungle Paperback

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Ingrid Betancourt's story - her exemplary courage, spirit and resilience - has captured the world's imagination.

A politician and presidential candidate celebrated for her determination to combat the corruption and climate of fear endemic in Colombia, in 2002 she was taken hostage by FARC, a terrorist guerrilla organisation.

She was held captive in the depths of the jungle for six and a half years, chained day and night for much of that time, constantly on the move and enduring gruelling conditions.

She was freed and reunited with her children and relatives in 2008. It is Betancourt's indomitable spirit that drives this important and deeply moving book, telling in her own words the extraordinary drama of her capture and eventual rescue, and describes her fight to survive, mentally and physically.

As she confronts the horror of what she went through, her story also goes beyond the specifics of her own confinement to offer an intensely intelligent, thoughtful and compassionate reflection on what it means to be human.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 608 pages, b/w photos
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Biography: general
  • ISBN: 9781844086139



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Ingrid Betancourt, was held hostage by the FARC in the remote jungles of Columbia for six years. What courage and character it took to survive this ordeal! The book was an ordeal in itself as Ingrid is moved from one remote camp to another anonymous and indistinguishable remote place. Her existence was composed primarily of boredom and of cruelty from her captors so it is probably appropriate that the book is quite tedious in places. I did love that she took up needlework that she learned from the women holding her hostage.

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