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    • Fortuna Benmayor
    • 27.11.09 | 05:38 (IST)

    Israeli backpackers ("mochileros") here in South America are thousands and thousands. It is rather frequent that given their sense of self-reliance (after the army) they often take foolish risks. It happens quite often that they have to be searched for on some lost volcano slope in Chile, or some particularly inaccessible terrain in Perú, Brazil or Bolivia. Usually they are found, and brought to safety. Colombia is a friendly place nowadays, -except for clearly defined regions such as Darién or Guaviare. Leticia, in the south-eastern corner is not a FARC-ridden place. Nor is it Venezuela where Hezbollah may act. I'm afraid for the jungle and Omri's probable exaggerated self-reliance by going alone somewhere, not for some other reason. In the rainforest one confronts infinite dangers, including hypotermia by night -believe it or not-. Take it from a Colombian. And getting lost is as easy as catching a flu. May G'd keep him safe, and may the rescue teams find this handsome youngster.

    from the article: 23-year-old Israeli backpacker missing in South America
    First published 17:08 26.11.09 | Last updated 18:23 26.11.09
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