VIDEO: Kidnap victims rescued after 25 years of captivity
Published 29/07/2015 | 18:29
This video shows the Peruvian army rescuing over a dozen people kidnapped by the Shining Path rebel group up to 25 years ago.
The Guardian reports that some of the captives had grown so used to their lives in the prison camp that they were reluctant to leave.
The oldest person rescued was a 70 year old woman - she had been captive for decades. The youngest person rescued was just one year old.
In total, the Peruvian army evacuated 13 adults and 26 children from the heavily forested valley at the confluence of the Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro rivers.
The army reported that many of the children were conceived when the captives were raped.
The Shining Path rebel group were largely wiped out during a bloody insurrection that they waged in the 90s during which 70,000 people ened up dead or missing.
However, pockets of the rebel group are still active.