A dissident group of the former FARC guerrillas has released a civilian who has been kidnapped for more than 40 days in the Colombian department of Norte de Santander, reported the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), which attended delivery with the Ombudsman.
The hostage, whose identity was not disclosed, was released in a rural area and, according to the organization, transferred to the town of Cúcuta, where his relatives are.
The head of the ICRC sub-delegation in Bucaramanga, Nicolas Lenssens, stressed in a statement that these operations are possible because of the “confidential dialogue” that the committee has with “all armed actors” and the “neutrality” of its humanitarian action.
“As humanitarian workers, we face new challenges and difficulties every day, especially in the current context of the pandemic, but the success of these missions comforts us and encourages us to hold on to our efforts,” said Lenssens.
The ICRC has facilitated the release of 1,805 people held by armed groups over the past five decades, according to the organization, including 22 this year.