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“I’m Hungry,” Colombia Child Tells Rescuers After 40 Days In Jungle




'I'm Hungry,' Colombia Child Tells Rescuers After 40 Days In Jungle

Four children who had been missing for more than a month in the Amazon rainforest were found alive.

Bogot, Colombia:

Colombian television broadcast emotional images Sunday of the moment when four children who survived in the jungle for 40 days after a plane crash met their rescuers.

The images, taken on a mobile phone, show the four weary children, the smallest in the arms of one of the rescuers.

The Huitoto Indigenous children — ages 13, nine, five and one — were found alive Friday by rescuers, having wandered alone in the Amazon rainforest since the crash of a small Cessna 206 plane in which they were traveling with their mother, the pilot and another adult.

All three adults died in the accident.

In the video released Sunday, the children seemed to be emaciated from their time spent in the wilderness. Their rescuers — Indigenous members of the search group — are seen singing, smoking tobacco — a plant considered sacred among many jungle residents — and celebrating.

Interviewed on public broadcast channel RTVC, the Indigenous rescue team that found the children in the jungle recounted the first moments of the meeting.

“The eldest daughter, Lesly, with the little one in her arms, ran towards me. Lesly said: ‘I’m hungry,'” said Nicolas Ordonez Gomes, one of the search and rescue crew.

“One of the two boys was lying down. He got up and said to me: ‘My mom is dead.'”

“We immediately followed up with positive words, saying that we were friends, that we were sent by the family, the father, the uncle. That we were family!,” Ordonez Gomes added.

According to Ordonez Gomes, the boy only replied: “I want some bread and sausage.”

The family of the children clung to hope that the siblings’ familiarity with the jungle would see them through.

Another rescuer explained an Indigenous tradition: “In the beliefs of our elders, if you find a turtle, you can ask it for a wish, and that wish will come true.”

He said the team had come upon a turtle in the jungle, only half an hour before finding the four siblings.

“I told it: ‘Find me the children,'” the rescuer said.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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