Fernando Araújo Perdomo

Fernando Araújo Perdomo (born 27 June 1955 in Cartagena, Bolivar) is a Colombian politician. He was the Minister of Development during the administration of Andrés Pastrana. He resigned from this post after the Chambacú land deal scandal. He was later kidnapped by the FARC-EP guerrillas and held for six years until he eventually escaped. Two months later after his liberation, president Álvaro Uribe appointed him as Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Fernando Araújo Perdomo
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Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
February 19, 2007 – July 16, 2008
PresidentÁlvaro Uribe Vélez
Preceded byMaría Consuelo Araújo
Succeeded byJaime Bermúdez Merizalde
Minister of Economic Development
In office
PresidentAndrés Pastrana Arango
Personal details
Born (1955-06-27) June 27, 1955 (age 64)
Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Ruby Rumié
Mónica Yamhure Gossaín
ChildrenManuel Santiago
Sergio Alejandro
Fernando Nicolás
Luis Ernesto
Alma materPontifical Xavierian University
OccupationPolitician, professor
ProfessionCivil Engineer


Araújo graduated from high school in the Colegio La Salle in the city of Cartagena. He then moved to Bogotá and studied civil engineering at the Pontifical Xavierian University.[1]

Chambacú caseEdit

Araújo resigned after Ignacio Gómez published in El Espectador the note "Chambacú, corral de empresarios",[2] in which he was accused of participating in a corrupt land deal.[3][4]


While he was under investigation, Araújo was kidnapped on December 4, 2000 near his home in Cartagena by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia and escaped more than six years later, on December 31, 2006 after a Colombian National Army military operation in the Montes de María mountains in the southern regions of the Bolivar Department. Araújo spent several days in hiding without food or water until eventually finding help and then facing the press on January 5, 2007.[5][6]

Minister of Foreign AffairsEdit

Araújo with Condoleezza Rice.

On February 19, 2007, Araújo was appointed as new Minister of Foreign Affairs by President Álvaro Uribe, replacing María Consuelo Araújo (no relation to Fernando Araújo) who resigned due to her brother's involvement in the 2006–2007 Colombian para-political scandal.[7] Araújo resigned from the post on July 16, 2008.

Personal lifeEdit

Araújo is one of the eight children of Alberto Araújo Merlano and Judith Perdomo. Araújo's brothers and sisters are Alberto Ignacio, Liana, Gerardo, Judith Elvira, Carolina, Juan Carlos and Rodrigo.[8]

First marriageEdit

Araújo had four sons from his first marriage; Manuel Santiago, Sergio Alejandro, Fernando Nicolás and Luis Ernesto.[9]

Second marriageEdit

Araújo's second marriage was with Mónica Yamhure Gossaín. They had been married for only seven months and were planning to have a child when he was kidnapped on December 4, 2000 by the FARC guerrillas. Coincidentally it was on Yamhure's birthday. She left him while he was in captivity and remarried. Araújo found out about this upon his arrival to Cartagena on January 5, 2007, a few hours after being evacuated from the Montes de María jungle mountains in southern Bolivar. He was surprised by her absence after his release and asked his brother about her whereabouts, who told him of her leaving.[9][10]


  1. ^ (in Spanish) Fernando Araújo Perdomo, nuevo Canciller: "Seré el rostro de un país que quiere la paz", El Universal, February 28, 2007. Accessed 28 February 2007.
  2. ^ (in Spanish) El caso Chambacú Instituto Prensa y Sociedad Archived 2007-02-27 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Colombian foreign minister resigns, Yahoo news
  4. ^ (in Spanish) Relatos - Chambacú, corral de empresarios
  5. ^ (in Spanish) El Tiempo Newspaper
  6. ^ BBC News
  7. ^ (in Spanish) Fernando Araújo fue nombrado nuevo Canciller, en remplazo de María Consuelo Araújo, El Tiempo, February 19, 2007. Accessed 19 February 2007.
  8. ^ (in Spanish) Alberto Araujo Merlano, El cacique y su tribu, El Heraldo, February 28, 2007. Accessed 28 February 2007.
  9. ^ a b (in Spanish) Un ejemplo de tenacidad, El Pais, February 28, 2007. Accessed 28 February 2007.
  10. ^ (in Spanish) "¿Y Mónica?", Ex ministro plagiado relata cautiverio, Univision, February 28, 2007. Accessed 28 February 2007.