Two American youths, after being held for more than 10 months by Colombian guerrillas who suspected they were CIA agents, say they were "just a couple of students in the wrong place at the wrong time."
Stephen Koneman and Jason McClachlan, both 22-year-old students from the Chicago area, told a news conference Tuesday at the U.S. Embassy that they had been treated well by their captors but were anxious to see their families and friends in the United States."We ate the same food as the guerrillas did and we had to protect ourselves under fire the same as they. We had no serious health problems as the embassy doctor was able to verify today," Koneman said.
"But I tried to live day by day and stay calm. The muchachos (the rebels) dealt with us decently and calmly, and that helped," McClachlan said.
Guerrillas from the Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces, or FARC, turned the Americans over to a Roman Catholic bishop Saturday, and the students arrived Sunday in the U.S. Embassy in Bogota.
The geography students set off from Puerto Leguizamon, 350 miles south of Bogota, in early October supposedly headed for Brazil when they were captured.