Thursday 1 November 2018


Ingrid Betancourt

Turning fear into power: my personal experience

Ingrid is a French/Colombian activist in the cause of freedom. She was a politician and presidential candidate in Colombia, celebrated for her determination to combat widespread corruption.

In February 2002 she was taken hostage by the FARC, a communist guerrilla organization. For six and a half years, the FARC held her hostage in the Amazonian jungle. She was rescued on July 2, 2008.

In this event she will talk about her personal experience of being held hostage and how this has shaped her.

Ingrid Betancourt

Ingrid has received multiple international awards, including the French National Order of the Légion d’Honneur, the Spanish Prince of Asturias Prize of Concord and the Italian Prize Grinzane Cavour. She was nominated to the Nobel Peace Prize for her commitment to democratic values, freedom and tolerance.

Her book about her experience, Even Silence Has an End: My Six Years of Captivity in the Colombian Jungle, was published in 2010.

"In this condition of the most devastating humiliation, I still possessed the most precious of liberties, that no-one could take away from me: that of deciding who I wanted to be."

Ingrid Betancourt