Spoiled Children of Divorce

Exemplary Children of Divorce – Ingrid Betancourt
July 10, 2008, 4:38 pm
Filed under: Books, Custody, Exemplary Children of Divorce

Ingrid Betancourt is a Colombian-French Politician who has just recently been released after being held prisoner in the jungles of Colombia by FARC Colombian Terrorists for 6 1/2 years. She was kidnapped while campaigning to become President of Colombia on February 23, 2002. She was the only woman held in the camp and was rescued along with many others being held in the camp (I believe 3 Americans were released as well).

Betancourt just gave an interview on Larry King Live.  What an unbelievably strong and beautiful woman.  The astrologers have been guffawing over the transits on the day of her rescue which are pretty heavy duty and while reading about her I noticed that she is also from a divorced family.

Betancourt’s parents, also involved in Politics, divorced in 1975 when she would have been around 14 years old. They were living in France and Ingrid’s father was granted custody of her and her older sister. Her Mother returned to Colombia.

Ingrid married a fellow student in 1983 and through that marriage received a dual French-Colombian citizenship. The couple had two children, Melanie and Lorenzo, and then divorced around 1990 (?). The children lived with their Father in New Zealand after the Divorce. Betancourt remarried in 1997 and seems to have entered Politics around that time.  I believe she was elected into the Senate.

Betancourt began her campaign for Presidency for the Green Party in 2001 and was kidnapped on Feb. 23, 2002 for campaigning in areas that she had been warned were dangerous.  She was rescued on July 2, 2008.

Her Father passed away a month after she was kidnapped but her Mother is alive.

A book called Letter to My Mother was published a year or two ago that included a letter she wrote while imprisoned. It was apparently released along with a video of her. Her children wrote letters back to her which is included in the book. Betancourt has also written a memoir of her life called Until Death Do Us Part: My Struggle to Reclaim Colombia which was a bestseller in France and Colombia so she has a strong International following.


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It’s “Colombian”, not “Columbian”.

Comment by Luis Ordonez

Wow, what a mess. I apologize and will correct. Thanks.

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