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Who is Marc Gonsalves?
Marc is a 31 year old man that served in the US Air Force
for 8 years.He is now an employee of California Microwave Systems
,a Defense Department contractor
. He is a husband, father, and a son of people who care very much for him.
The reason I am telling you this?
Gonsalves, Stansell and Howes were doing drug surveillance
for the Department of Defense when they were taken hostage in February. The single-engine plane carrying them and two other men crashed in a remote, mountainous region south of Colombia
, Bogota. Almost eight months later they are still being held. A rebel commander told the Americans
their only hope for freedom would be an exchange of hostages held by the rebels
for imprisoned guerrillas. If President Alvaro Uribe
rejects an exchange, the Americans face years in captivity, said the commander, who goes by the nom de guerre Alfredo. Fearful that making deals with the rebels will only encourage more kidnappings
- as has been the case in the past - U.S. and Colombian officials have taken a hard line and refuse to negotiate.
updated Wed. January 18, 2023
January 30, 2017
He made these remarks after being asked about the responsibility of the guerrilla in the kidnapping of which they were victims. Finally, Marc Gonsalves says he is not sure that the Colombian government pressed for Trinidad to be released, but said he was sure that the United States was preparing for theÃâÃÂ ...
October 11, 2016
For five and half years, Marc Gonsalves and two colleagues — all American contractors — were hostages of Colombia's FARC guerrillas. During those 1,967 days, Gonsalves saw friends executed. He was chained by the neck, locked in a cage and lived in fear he would end up buried in a forlorn hole in theÃâÃÂ ...
March 10, 2016
Keith Stansell, Marc Gonsalves and Tom Howes were held by the Farc in jungle camps for nearly five and a half years, while a fourth, Thomas Janis, was shot by Farc rebels in 2003 after their plane went down in the jungles of southern Colombia as they were flying a surveillance mission. Jo RosanoÃâÃÂ ...
January 20, 2016
U.S. citizens Marc Gonsalves, Thomas Howes, and Keith Stansell were taken hostage by the FARC and freed by the Colombian army. ... The Colombian government refused Wednesday to extradite a FARC rebel who stands accused of kidnapping three U.S. contractors, in a sign of changing relationsÃâÃÂ ...
November 10, 2015
A Colombian man who played a role in holding three Americans hostage for five years in the jungle was sentenced Tuesday to nearly three decades in federal ... The three Americans -- Thomas Howes, Keith Stansell, and Marc Gonsalves — were working as contractors for the Defense Department on aÃâÃÂ ...
Huffington Post (blog)
March 5, 2009
For five-and-a-half years, until this past July, I was held hostage by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). During my captivity I suffered starvation, sickness, imposed isolation, and long, arduous, physically painful marches through the jungles of Colombia. I was chained to another hostage by the neck andÃâÃÂ ...
New York Times
February 26, 2009
Indeed, Mr. Stansell and his co-authors, Thomas Howes and Marc Gonsalves, offer a far different portrait of Ms. Betancourt in the 457-page book than the generally accepted image of her outside Colombia as a long-suffering abduction victim who nobly resisted her captors since her kidnapping in 2002.
July 8, 2008
"Marc Gonsalves said the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia [FARC], which held him and two other U.S. military contractors in captivity for more ... Now the woman once described by a rebel spokesman as rude, with a "volcanic temper," has been urging the Colombian government to turn down theÃâÃÂ ...
July 3, 2008
Marc Gonsalves, Thomas Howes and Keith Stansell arrived there late Wednesday on an Air Force C-17 to undergo a battery of medical tests and debriefings. All three are U.S. government contractors who were captured by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, in February 2003 whenÃâÃÂ ...
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