Reference : V-P-CO-E-02330
Date : 02/04/2012
Country/Region : COLOMBIA
Caption : Villavicencio, airport. Release of four soldiers and six police officers held by the Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC-EP).
Photographer : HEGER, Boris
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : Doctors of the International Committe of the Red Cross (ICRC) talk to Colombian Red Cross paramedics and volunteers on stand-by.
Brazilian army's air crew personal prepare the helicopter which will be used for the release of 10 persons held by the FARC-EP, some for more than 14 years. Military helicopters provided by the Brazilian government and identifed with the ICRC logo are ready to leave with the humanitarian commission. The ICRC is facilitating logistics with the agreement of the parties involved.

ICRC photo Gallery, 02.04.2012
Four members of the armed forces and six police officers released by the FARC-EP arrived on Monday evening at Villavicencio in a helicopter provided by the Brazilian government and bearing the insignia of the ICRC. After 13 or 14 years in captivity, the ten were handed over to a humanitarian team consisting of members of Colombianas y Colombianos por la Paz (Colombians for peace) and ICRC delegates. “We’re delighted at the success of this operation, which in one single day has reunited 10 families who had been waiting for so many years,” said Jordi Raich, head of the ICRC’s Colombia delegation. “Today marks the end of the families’ suffering, and that is a source of great satisfaction to us.”
Original material : digital
Resolution : 5206x3586
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour