Nov. 28 - A man held hostage by Colombian rebels for nearly 12 years escapes and recovers in hospital. Julie Noce reports.
Looking thin and tired, newly freed FARC hostage Alberto Erazo is surrounded by family as he recovers in a Colombian hospital. 'Welcome to freedom' a sign reads-- Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos wishes him a speedy recovery. Erazo was discovered by the military over the weekend and brought to safety-- he managed to escape his captors after being held for nearly 12 years, in part by hiding inside a tree trunk. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia--or FARC-- killed four hostages during a botched mission by Colombian forces to save them over a month ago. The FARC are considered a terrorist group by the U.S. and European nations and have a policy of killing hostages if troops approach their camps. Julie Noce, Reuters