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Politics & Current Affairs

Over 4 million people are displaced in Colombia because of war; both the rightist paramilitary and the leftist guerillas steal land to make themselves richer.

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"I realized being in the jungle that what I had thought I could do—changing the way politics were being done in Colombia—was not possible the way I wanted to do it, by confronting, by denouncing," she says.

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Some of Betancourt’s fellow captives were critical of her behavior in their memoir. "I don’t want to judge them because I think we all are entitled to our truth and if they saw me like that, well, the only thing I can do is to apologize," she says.

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In order to respect herself and to keep hold of her sanity, Betancourt refused to follow her guards' orders. When you’re obliged to do things you don’t want to do, your identity is at stake—you can lose yourself, she says.

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