Captured in Colombia

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Her captors included a 15-year-old girl and a 35-year-old grandmother. The rebels dressed in civilian garb, rifles and grenades their deadly accessories in Colombia’s 38-year civil war between Marxist guerillas, the Colombian government, and an outlawed right-wing paramilitary. But freelance journalist Ruth Morris wasn’t afraid. At first.

Foreign journalists had always enjoyed a sort of immunity from the violent struggles they covered. But when Morris and her photographer, on assignment for the Los Angeles Times, were detained at a rebel roadblock, it was the start of 11 days of captivity at the hands of the National Liberation Army. Ruth Morris is home safe. And she is our guest. A reporter. Her rebel captors. And the stories we haven’t heard about America’s war in Colombia.


Ruth Morris, Colombia correspondent, Los Angeles Times