Kidnapped consultants released in Colombia

A member of the Red Cross Colombia. Two hostages by the Colombian rebels were handed to representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross on August 13. Photo by: Ocha Colombia / CC BY-NC-ND

Two female consultants held hostage by Colombian rebels for almost three weeks are now with the Red Cross.

The two women were handed over Monday (Aug. 13) to representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Catholic Church in a rural region of Fortul in Colombia’s Arauca department, according to a press release.

The women were identified as Gina Uribe, an environmental engineer working for Itansuca, which is part of the Canada-based aid contractor SNC-Lavalin Group, and radio journalist Elida Parra who is also consulting for local company Concol. SNC-Lavalin and Concol are engaged in a $4.2 billion oil pipeline project in Colombia.

Uribe and Parra were forcefully taken July 24 from the town of Saravena, also in Arauca, the Agence France-Presse reports. One of the two predominant guerilla groups in Colombia, the National Liberation Army or ELN, took responsibility for the abduction.

Arauca is an oil-producing region in northern Colombia. It is a known stronghold of ELN and of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, the largest and oldest guerilla group in the country.

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