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| 9/21/2010 12:00:00 AM

Held Captive, yet Clinging to Hope

September 21--For all its horror and injustice, the experience of the political prisoner held in inhuman conditions has often been transformed into compelling literature; just think of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and “The Gulag Archipelago” or novelists like Dumas and Arthur Koestler.

Now, almost by accident, Ingrid Betancourt joins that distinguished company with “Even Silence Has an End: My Six Years of Captivity in the Colombian Jungle.”
 
A Colombian politician of French descent, Ms. Betancourt was taken hostage in February 2002 by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, a left-wing guerrilla group that sustains itself through cocaine trafficking and kidnappings. She became a valuable bargaining chip in the group’s decades-long war with the Colombian government, but, as a member of the country’s elite, she was also treated with brutality and contempt by her captors, many of them poor young peasants.
 
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