After crashing their plane in the Amazon jungle, four children were trapped in the vast rainforest with no food, no water, and no one to rescue them. They had to rely on their courage and wisdom, as well as a cassava flour called farina, to survive 40 days in the shadow of death. It is a shocking and moving story, and one that demonstrates human survival instincts and willpower.
A spokesman for the Colombian military’s special forces revealed the amazing experience of these children, saying that for the first few days after the plane crash, they fed on the three kilograms of farina they had brought with them, a food made from coarse cassava flour that is commonly eaten by the indigenous people of the Amazon. When they ran out of food, they had to go in search of a place where they could survive. “When we found them, they were malnourished but sane,” he said.
The four children are Lesly Jacobombaire Mucutuy, 13, Soleiny Jacobombaire Mucutuy, 9, Tien Ranoque Mucutuy, 4, and baby Cristin Ranoque Mucutuy. they were rescued on May 1 aboard a Cessna 206 The plane was flying from the southern Colombian department of Mitú to Caquetá when it encountered bad weather, causing it to crash in the Amazon jungle. Their mother, the pilot and an indigenous leader all died in the accident, and only the four of them survived.
In the jungle, the four children faced numerous hardships and dangers. Not only did they have to endure hunger, thirst, cold and fatigue, they also had to protect themselves from wild animals, poisonous insects, disease and indigenous tribes. They had no maps, no compass, no communication devices, and had to rely on the direction of the sky and the signs of the jungle to find their way out.
Fortunately, they have indigenous blood, so they have some knowledge and adaptability to the jungle. They know what plants and animals are edible and what are not. They know how to find water sources, such as water in tree trunks or rivers. They know how to build improvised shelters with leaves and branches, and how to use fire to keep warm and repel wild animals. They also knew how to use herbs to treat wounds and fevers.
However, none of this was enough for them to survive safely. They had less and less food, their bodies were getting weaker and weaker, and their spirits were getting lower and lower. They missed their mothers, they missed their families, they missed their friends. They don’t know how much longer they have to stay in the jungle, they don’t know if anyone is still looking for them, they don’t know if there is any hope.
The plane crash was a tragedy that took not only the mother of four children, but also two people who were fighting for development and peace in the Amazon. The other two passengers on board the plane were the pilot, Hernando Murcia Morales, and the leader of the Yarubari indigenous people, Germán Mendoza Hernández. They were both killed in the accident.
The plane was reportedly operated by a private company called Arias Air, which primarily serves indigenous communities in the Amazon region. The plane took off from Radoroda Airport in Mitú province on the morning of May 1 and was expected to arrive at Ararac Airport in Caquetá province in the afternoon. However, during the flight, the plane encountered bad weather, causing it to lose control and crash in the jungle.
The children’s mother, Magdalena Mukutui Valencia, is a nurse who used to work at a medical center in Mitu province, providing medical services to the local indigenous people. She took her four children on the flight because she wanted to return to her home province of Caquetá to be reunited with her husband. Her husband is a farmer who grows crops in Caquetá and hopes to improve their living conditions.
The children had lost their mother after the plane crash and were left to survive in the jungle on their own. They don’t know if their father is still alive or if they will ever see him again.
When the plane lost contact, the Colombian military and civilian organizations immediately launched a massive search and rescue operation to try to locate the plane and its passengers. They used planes, helicopters, drones, satellite phones and GPS equipment, as well as more than a hundred special forces soldiers and more than 70 indigenous scouts, to conduct an extensive search of the Amazon jungle.
The search and rescue operation encountered many difficulties and setbacks due to the dense and complex nature of the jungle, as well as the unstable weather. It took them two weeks to locate the wreckage of the plane, but no sign of any survivors was found. They continued to search the nearby area, hoping to find traces of the children.
On May 19, they finally found four children and a dog in a treeless area. The dog was a Belgian Shepherd search dog called Wilson, a member of the Special Forces. It got lost on May 18 and later met up with the children. It stayed with the children and brought them some comfort and protection.
Search and rescue personnel immediately put the children in an Air Force ambulance and transported them to a hospital in Bogota. They said the children were malnourished, but conscious and able to talk. They also said the children were very brave and strong and that it was a miracle they survived in the jungle.
The children’s story has attracted widespread attention and sympathy in Colombia and around the world. Many have praised their ability to survive and their willpower, as well as the efforts and professionalism of the search and rescue workers. Colombian President Iván Duque tweeted that the children survived 40 days in the jungle like “children of the jungle”. He added that he would personally visit them in the hospital and give them medals of courage.
The children’s relatives were also overwhelmed and grateful for their survival. They said they had experienced “many sleepless nights” during the children’s disappearance and had been praying and hoping for them. They also said they were saddened by the loss of their children’s mother, but also happy that the children were able to embrace their father again.
The children are currently in the hospital receiving treatment and rehabilitation, and doctors say they are in good health and out of danger. They added that it will take some time for the children to adjust to a normal diet and life, as well as receive psychological counseling and social support. They hope the children will regain their health and happiness as soon as possible.
This is a story of life, death, hope and miracles. It is a story that demonstrates mankind’s struggle against nature and fate. It is a story that makes us rethink our lives and our values.