As Guerrillas Make Life Difficult...A Rancher Refuses To Buckle

Paul Gutierrez has chilling evidence that he's on the Colombian guerrillas' kidnap list. Last year, the National Liberation Army (ELN) invaded his 3,500-hectare cattle ranch in Machiques in Venezuela's northwestern Zulia state, locked the 50 workers in the farmhouse, and lay in wait for him to show up. Instead, a neighbor arrived to borrow a tool. Sensing something was amiss, he alerted police. A shootout ensued, but the rebels escaped to the nearby sierra. Gutierrez, 34, knows it's a matter of time before they come for him again. "If they're out to get you, they'll do it," he says.

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