Released British hostage may go back to Colombia despite ordeal

By Alistair Keely
Friday 26 December 2003 01:00

The freed British hostage Mark Henderson celebrated Christmas at home with his family yesterday as he said his 102-day ordeal at the hands of Colombian rebels had not put him off travelling.

Mr Henderson, 32, said from the family home in Pateley Bridge, North Yorkshire, that he would consider returning to Colombia once his life had settled back to normal. "It is weird to say I'm not angry, just bitter. They have taken three months of my life. Compared with what other people have had, it's not that bad.

"I've had the famous pizza and glass of wine and last night I visited my uncle and aunt and cousins. My nephew said to me if I had not come home soon he was going to fight the baddies. Mr Henderson said sleeping in a normal bed was still an unusual experience. "I thought it would be a bit weird. But I slept quite well last night.

"At the moment I feel anaesthetised, just numb... maybe in three days' time I will be a gibbering wreck."

He said of his ordeal: "The thing that kept me going was hope. Every day I thought 'no, we are going to get out of here'."

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