|Universidad de la Sabana students with posters of kidnap victims who they have 'adopted.'|
Kidnapping is a long-running nightmare for Colombians. The nation's FARC and ELN guerrillas, as well as drug cartels and right wing groups, have long used kidnapping - and the threat of kidnapping - to generate revenue thru extortion and to try to pressure the government for political concessions.
|Caged guerrilla hostages.|
|A concentration camp? A FARC leader observes hostages in a cage in the jungle.|
And what's the point of all this suffering? The guerrillas' agenda, even if you believe in it, is lost.
|Universidad de la Sabana students on Plaza Bolívar with placards showing kidnappees they've 'adopted.'|
|Humanitarian Accord Now!|
In the end, the only people who can end kidnapping are the kidnappers.
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours