held hostage in colombia
On February 12, 2003 a Pentagon-owned Cessna went down in the jungle of southern Colombia. Found near the crash site were the bullet-ridden bodies of a Colombian crewmember and the American pilot. Three others, American contractors working on the war against drugs, were taken hostage by the FARC. This is their first proof of life testimony since their captivation in February 2003. Flanked by guerrilla soldiers with semi-automatic weapons they look physically strong after nearly six months in captivity in a jungle prison camp on July 25, 2003. FARC commanders explain on camera that the three Americans have been classified as prisoners of war, and that they are on a list with Colombian political prisoners held by the FARC. The three hostages explain what daily life for them has been like, the incredible pain of separation from their families and the frustration at having no news from the outside world. From deep within the Colombian jungle, the exclusive story of these men and the U.S. Government's refusal to find a diplomatic way to free them.