Great story but I think that if if was made into a movie the FARC would be some unnamed swarthy group of men or some similarly unidentifiable dudes with vaguely eastern European or Russian accents. The soldiers would be American.
I dunno, octothorpe. Maybe they bought off some rebels? Still makes them look good.
In any case FARC severely misstepped with kidnapping Betancourt. I think it was the beginning of the end of any international sympathy they had.
In letters and interviews since her release, she has described a routine of cruelty that left her at many points without the will to live. Her captors chained her and others by the neck to trees. She rarely changed her clothes. Tropical diseases, long marches through the mountains and a lack of nutritious food eventually shriveled her to a thin post with stringy hair reaching her waist. -- The NYT
A lot of the abuses in the civil war were attributed, if not to FARC, then to the paramilitaries -- which have been shut down or severely reduced in influence this decade.