Anniversary of Operacion Jaque

This weekend, I read a very interesting article in the Colombian newspaper, El Tiempo. I thought perhaps you might enjoy it.

A group of students a the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá has created a video game based on the now legendary rescue of Ingrid Betancourt and the other 14 hostages (including 3 Americans) a year ago.

The goal of the game is to rescue the ex presidential candidate without firing a single shot AND without using the controversial Red Cross jackets that were used by the Colombian soldiers involved in the original rescue.

In other words, the goal is to rescue the 15 hostages without breaking a single international law regarding Human Rights and without deceiving the captors by using the symbol of the Red Cross.

According to the director of the project,the game starts with a helicopter flight from Bogotá to Tolemaida, the second step is to do training without firing a shot --as the whole point of the game is for it to be non-violent.

Next, there is an other flight from Tolemaida to the rescue area. There the you sepnd the night finding the ingredients for and preparing SANCOCHO (see recipe section of the blog). The next morning, you actually rescue the hostages.

The game is available on FACEBOOK, where you can also comment and discuss issues like hostage taking in Colombia.

Check it out here:

Read the article in Spanish:


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