Banged Up Abroad: Colom­bian Kid­nap

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Wed­nes­day, 8.30pm, Nat Geo Ad­ven­ture This is the true story of a Ger­man woman Reini Weigel, and Is­raeli man Erez Eltawil. They met when Weigel, 30, was at the end of a long trip to South Amer­ica and wanted to visit the Lost City, a leg­endary at­trac­tion in the mid­dle of nowhere. She was told that a min­i­mum of five peo­ple were re­quired for the hik­ing tour and waited around for some oth­ers to show up. First of these was Eltawil, 24. Even­tu­ally four oth­ers turned up and, af­ter a few beers, they de­cided to do the hike the next day. Af­ter three days of hik­ing through the jun­gle, the party ar­rived at their des­ti­na­tion. But it was so late they needed to stay there overnight. At 3.30am they were wo­ken by guns in their faces and ma­chetes at their throats. Ev­ery trav­eller’s night­mare was about to un­fold. Dressed in mil­i­tary uni­forms, their ab­duc­tors told them that they were from the Colom­bian army. But some of them were wear­ing jeans. The new friends had been kid­napped, an ev­ery­day haz­ard in Colom­bia. What hap­pened next was far from rou­tine.

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