Professor Gustavo Moncayo, the father of released FARC hostage Pablo Emilio Moncayo, told Colombian media Thursday that his son is making “satisfactory” progress, he appears “much calmer” than he did on the day of his liberation and he already has plans to study.
Professor Moncayo – dubbed “Peace Walker” by Colombian media due to his relentless protest walks to promote the release of his son – told El Espectador that his son is still undergoing extensive medical tests, both psychological and physical, but that he is doing well.
“We have spoken and yes he told us that he wishes to study at university and he is interested in [studying] Electrical Engineering,” Professor Moncayo said.
According to SDP Noticias, the father of the former hostage also announced that he intends to auction the chains that he wore during his protest walks – chains that symbolized freedom and peace for his son – and that the money made would be donated to humanitarian and social causes in Colombia.
Pablo Emilio Moncayo was released from FARC captivity and reunited with his family on Tuesday after being held for twelve years as a hostage of the Colombian guerilla group.
Among the freed hostage’s other plans are a “tour of gratitude” to Venezuela, Ecuador and Brazil to thank those countries’ Presidents for their help in securing his release.
Moncayo’s father announced Tuesday night that the family are considering leaving Colombia so that his son can leave this “bad dream” behind him.