Rubber Boots

2000s, Colombia

These rubber boots were worn by one of the female intelligence agents who posed as a FARC radio operator. In 2002, when Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt was detained by a group of armed men, she did not know at first whether this was a standard military checkpoint or a FARC abduction. Then she looked at the men’s boots and knew instantly she was in trouble: The Army wore leather boots. The FARC wore rubber. And these men wore rubber boots.

On loan from the Embassy of Colombia