PHOTOS: Father, Son Missing for 40 Years Found In Forest

A father and son have been found living in the jungle of Vietnam four decades after they went missing during the country’s war with the U.S.article-2386849-1b3330f5000005dc-15_634x861

Ho Van Thanh and his son Ho Van Lang apparently fled their home village 40 years ago after a bomb killed three members of their family.

They were discovered by locals looking for firewood in deep forest in the Tay Tra district of Quang Ngai province.

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Yesterday authorities confirmed that the men were Thanh, 82, and 41-year-old Lang.

The older man once lived a normal life with his family in the hamlet of Tra Kem around the time of the Vietnam War.

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But one day his wife and two of his sons were killed by a mine explosion, putting him in a state of shock.

He took his two-year-old son and fled into the jungle, where they live in a tree house, thereafter never having any contact with anyone else.

 

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The pair survived by foraging fruit and cassava from the forest and planting corn.

They wore loincloths made out of tree bark, and lived in a timber hut raised five metres above the ground.

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When the foragers saw the two ‘jungle men’ from a distance acting abnormally, they alerted local authorities.

Officials set up a team to track them down, and found them yesterday after a five-hour search.

The father could speak a little of the minority Cor language, but the son knew only a few words.

The pair are now undergoing medical check-ups as a first step to being reintegrated into mainstream society.

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By Breezoom African News

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