SNAPSHOT: Helping hand

Mark Henderson (right), the man held hostage by guerrillas in the Colombian jungle for three months last year, made an undisclosed donation to Cafod when he met its director Chris Bain at the charity's headquarters in London last week. Cafod's partner Caritas Colombia played a key role in his release. "Cafod had regular contact with its partners who carried out the negotiations and gave my parents information and support throughout the whole kidnapping," said Henderson. "I now see how important this work is and plan to raise funds for it in the future." Caritas Colombia is to set up a relief programme for indigenous communities suffering severe hardship as a result of conflict. Henderson added: "I asked my captors how they could fight for human rights when they were taking mine away. They said it was part of their culture - it's a difficult situation to understand."

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