Radio Netherlands Worldwide is making a special Spanish-language radio programme for hostages in Colombia. It’s a co-production with the Colombian radio network Caracol by journalist and former hostage Herbin Hoyos. In the programme, families and friends will send messages to their loved ones who have been taken hostage by the guerilla movement FARC.
The programme will be recorded tomorrow, Tuesday 1 December, in RNW’s Hilversum studios. Parts of the programme will be broadcast on 5 and 6 December via shortwave, satellite, partner stations and the Spanish website www.informarn.nl. The complete programme will be broadcast on Caracol Radio in Colombia on 6 December.
The radio programme, a one-off co-production, will consist of live music, interviews with former hostages and a round table discussions with a number of guests. These will include Lloreda Mora (Colombian Ambassador to the Netherlands), Jan Besterbreurtje (chairman of the Latin-American Business Council) and Edwin Koopmam (journalist and Latin America specialist). There will also be interviews, including one with a former lieutenant of the Colombian army, himself a former hostage.
Herbin Hoyos was taken hostage for one year by the FARC at the beginning of 1994. After his release he began the programme ‘Las Voces del Secuestro’ (the voices of the abduction) on the Caracol network. For 15 years these radio programmes have provided a means for families and friends to send messages to those in captivity.