In Colombia, the face of one of the ‘Missing Ones’


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Every day on World Now, we pick a remarkable photo from somewhere around the world. Today we were struck by this shot of a Colombian woman holding a photo of her missing relative. His name is Carlos Alberto Forero, a hostage of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known as FARC.

FARC, the largest rebel group in Colombia, released its final 10 military hostages Monday, some of whom had been captive in makeshift jungle prisons for more than 14 years, The Times’ Chris Kraul and Jenny Carolina Gonzalez reported. The release was welcomed -- but Colombians say it isn’t enough.


‘The nation, the world, demands the liberty of all kidnap victims,’ President Juan Manuel Santos said.

It isn’t clear exactly how many people are still being held as kidnap victims in Colombia, or even by whom. The Associated Press gathered three different counts: A police official said FARC was still holding at least six people. An official with the Colombian prosecutor estimated 30. And a citizens’ group has 405 people on its list.

This woman was among a group of Colombians whose loved ones are still missing. They gathered at Bolivar Square in Bogota on Wednesday, trying to draw attention to the continuing plight of kidnapping victims. The protest was called by the Los Que Faltan foundation -- ‘The Missing Ones.’

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