La flamme de l'espoir...
I would like to take a few moments to think of Ingrid Betancourt, her family and all the other hostages in Colombia. Today, Christmas day 2007, is also Ingrid's 46th birthday, her 6th Christmas and 2131st day in captivity somewhere in the Colombian jungle, far from her children and family. These are photos I took at a candlelit vigil held in front of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, France on the 22nd December 2007.
I was struck by the courage of Ingrid's two children, Mélanie & Lorenzo - under the glare of photographers, TV news crews, interviewers, the many people who wanted to talk with them and shake their hands - fighting hard so that their mother and all the other hostages are not forgotten and for their liberation.
Today, to show our solidarity with Ingrid and all the hostages in Colombia; join others across the world by lighting a candle as a "Flame of Hope" and place it on your window sill, balcony or outside your front door.
Let us hope that this is Ingrid's & the 3000 other hostages' last Christmas in captivity, and that they shall soon return safely to their families & loved ones.
Links to websites: www.agirpouringrid.com (in French)
PS: My apologies for the dreadful quality of the photos - it was dusk & the light suddenly changed. Plus the fact that I hate using the flash & an unsteady hand all make for fuzz (I have a rather large collection of fuzzy pics!). On the other hand life is rather fuzzy & muddled, which is probably why I quite like somewhat unclear photos. H de C.