Íngrid Betancourt - Life After The Rescue

Life After The Rescue

Betancourt received the Ordre national de la Légion d'honneur (National Order of the Legion of Honour) shortly after her rescue and the Prince of Asturias Award of Concord in October 2008. She also met with international heads of state and international personalities such as Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon, Pope Benedict XVI, King Juan Carlos of Spain and Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, President Álvaro Uribe of Colombia, President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela and President Cristina Kirchner of Argentina.

In 2009, she signed with Gallimard to write her memoirs.

Her memoir was published on 21 September 2010 after fifteen months of writing, and is titled Même le silence a une fin (Even Silence Has an End: My Six Years of Captivity in the Colombian Jungle); it mainly describes her ordeal as a hostage of Colombian guerrillas. The book was praised as an "extraordinary adventure story", expressing her anguish in a poetic way. It was compared to the greatest authors; "just think of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and The Gulag Archipelago or novelists like Dumas and Arthur Koestler" writes Larry Rohter in the New York Times Book review.

Betancourt filed for divorce in 2009.

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