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Colombian Senator Hostage Has Flesh-Eating Disease

A former Colombian senator whose spectacular kidnapping by Marxist rebels wrecked peace talks said the government should negotiate his release and that he had a flesh-eating disease in his jungle prison. “I’ve got a spinal injury, and leishmaniasis as well,” said Jorge Gechem in an interview carried out in late July but broadcast on local radio on Friday, referring to a painful flesh-eating disease spread by sandflies in the humid jungle. The government ended peace talks with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia in February last year when guerrillas hijacked a commercial airplane and forced it down at a remote airstrip, making off with Gechem, then a national senator. Full Story

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