On October 28, Luis Diaz heard the dramatic news that his parents had been kidnapped at a market in his home country, Colombia.
Mother Cilenis Marulanda was released, father Luis Manuel Díaz remained in captivity and would have to await his fate in fear for almost two weeks.
The redeeming news came on Thursday that Diaz’s father has been released. And today he finally came home. With tears in his eyes, he was hugged by everyone and everything (see video above).
Diaz senior is said to have been extradited in the La Guajira desert. An operation that was carried out with the support of the United Nations, because they have been conducting peace negotiations with the guerrilla movement ELN for some time.
The Roman Catholic Church is also said to have played a role in the extradition.
At the beginning of this week, Diaz made an emotional appeal for the release of his father: “Today it is not the footballer who talks to you, but today Lucho Diaz, son of Luis Manuel Diaz, speaks to you,” he posted on social media .
“My father is a tireless worker and pillar of the family. I ask the ELN to release my father immediately and ask international organizations to work together to secure my father’s release.”