Telesur exclusive video here. Spanish only, but the emotion comes across loud and clear. Clara Rojas and Consuelo Gonzalez arrived safe and sound in a jungle clearing somewhere in the Guaviare region of Colombia, accompanied by a small troop of FARC guerrillas who, while armed, are clearly neither hostile nor menacing. When the time comes to say goodbye, it’s hugs, handshakes and “Happy New Year” all around. Then the rebels drift off into the bush, turning to wave goodbye as the women prepare to board the waiting Venezuelan helicopter with the Red Cross logo, along with Venezuelan justice minister Ramon Rodriguez Chacin, the Cuban ambassador to Venezuela, German Sanchez Otero (who was also instrumental in the peace talks), and Colombian senator Piedad Cordoba (in red turban and hoodie.) At Santo Domingo, Tachira, on the Venezuelan side of the border, they change over from the helicopter to a Falcon airplane. Next stop: Simon Bolivar International Airport, at Maiquetia, where the two women’s families are waiting for them (heart-warming videos from VTV and Telesur here).
Here’s Venezuelanalysis on the big rescue.