Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Colombia: Marine Veteran, 27, Kidnapped by FARC, Held for Four Months, Released to Red Cross

According to The Latin American Tribune, Marine veteran Kevin Scott Sutay, 27, who was kidnapped by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) on June 20 while hiking solo in Colombia's southeastern sector of the country.

The Colombian Red Cross, made up of a delegation of Cuban and Norwegian officials, released the veteran of the Afghanistan War on Sunday (October 27), despite the fact that the American was kidnapped in El Retiro, a city in Guaviare province, where he had traveled despite warnings from police and residents to avoid the area.

When released on Sunday, Sutay was subsequently released into the hands of the US Embassy in Bogotá.

COMMENT: Sutay was intending to hike across the Colombian jungle into Brazil to test his endurance, but seemingly had not done sufficient research on Colombian jungle areas in which FARC rebels are very active. 

No doubt, Sutay's combat experience in Afghanistan contributed to his being released in good health after four months in captivity.

Although many countries are relatively safe for solo travel, Honduras, México and Panamá are NOT.
 
Sutay entered Colombia on June 8 after traveling through México, Honduras, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panamá.