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Mark Wedeven held at gunpoint in the jungle. He became a hostage of the paramilitary United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC) when he was trying to cross the Darien gap to Colombia.

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Young American backpacker Mark Wedeven wanted the ultimate adventure in the fall of 2002: crossing from Panama to Colombia through a hundred miles of dense jungle. Upon crossing into Colombia, armed guerrilla soldiers took them hostage. After being held for days, they were taken to a graveyard at the edge of a village, where Mark was convinced they were going to be executed. Instead, he was taken alone to a meeting with the squad commander and questioned about his politics and eventually freed.

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