BOGOTÁ, Colombia — Recently released Colombian hostage Clara Rojas was reunited Sunday with her 3-year-old son, who was fathered...
BOGOTÁ, Colombia — Recently released Colombian hostage Clara Rojas was reunited Sunday with her 3-year-old son, who was fathered by one of her guerrilla captors but taken away from her months after he was born.
Rojas gave birth to Emmanuel in 2004, but the guerrillas separated her from the child when he was 8 months old. A peasant delivered him to Colombian social services, which — unaware of his true identity — placed him in the foster home in the capital, Bogotá, where he has been for the past two years. Rojas returned to Bogotá on Sunday nearly six years after she was kidnapped by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, and held captive in the jungle.
On Thursday the FARC handed over Rojas and another kidnapped politician, former congresswoman Consuelo Gonzalez, to a Venezuelan-led delegation. Sunday’s meeting between mother and son lasted about two hours.
Neighbors flocked to greet her at the house where Emmanuel has been staying. “Freedom!” some shouted.
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The FARC holds nearly four-dozen high-profile captives including three U.S. defense contractors and French-Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt.
Shortly before her release, authorities discovered Emmanuel living in the foster home. DNA tests later confirmed his identity. Rojas has worn a photo of him around her neck since she was freed.
Authorities have said they hope to deliver the boy to permanent custody of Rojas in the coming days.