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Hostage Release Triumph For Chavez.

There has been a happy ending at last for Hugo Chavez and the two women hostages whose liberation he helped secure. Clara Rojas and Consuelo Gonzalez are tasting freedom after years of captivity in the Colombian jungle. Marxist FARC rebels freed them following the Venezuelan leader's intervention.

It is vindication for the efforts of the left-wing president who was widely criticized when a previous attempt to release the captives collapsed on New Year's Eve. There were emotional scenes as the two women were reunited with their families at Caracas Airport.

Rojas had a son with one of her rebel captors. Secretly moved out of the jungle, the boy was placed in foster care. She has been told they will be reunited soon. Gonzalez met her young granddaughter for the first time. The women were freed in a jungle clearing near San Jose del Guaviare, then flown to a Venezuelan border town and

Added: Jan-11-2008 
By: barnesy
Tags: FARC, hostage, release
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