War in Iraq, terrorism heightens exposure; insurers offercoverage, expertise

The war in Iraq has brought incidents of hostage-taking andkidnappings to the forefront. It seems that every few weeks the TVnews media broadcast new video of people being held hostage andpleading for their lives.

While the scenes are chilling and awful to watch, these types ofincidents have been an ongoing problem in others parts of the worldfor many years–but not highly publicized. Colombia, Mexico, Braziland Argentina are hotbeds of kidnapping activity. Indeed, Colombiahas the highest kidnapping rate in the world with 1,441 reportedabductions last year. Unfortunately, many more incidents gounreported.

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