Radios in the Colombian jungle came alive with the information that four indigenous Huitoto youngsters, lacking for 40 days, had been discovered alive. The children, aged 13, 9, 4, and one, survived a aircraft crash on May 1 that killed their mom. Stranded in an area filled with snakes, jaguars, and mosquitos, the children relied on their survival skills and knowledge of the jungle to remain alive.
The Mucutuy household, members of the Huitoto individuals, were well-prepared for such an ordeal. Their grandfather, Fidencio Valencia, told reporters that the eldest kids, Lesly and Soleiny, have been well acquainted with the jungle. Their aunt, Damarys Mucutuy, stated the family typically played a “survival game” together, teaching the youngsters essential abilities for residing within the jungle.
After the crash, Lesly constructed makeshift shelters from branches held collectively together with her hair ties. She also recovered Fariña, a kind of flour, from the wreckage of the Cessna 206 plane they had been travelling in. The children survived on the flour till it ran out after which they ate seeds, according to Edwin Paki, one of the indigenous leaders who took half within the search effort.
Basic , head of the Colombian Institute of Family Welfare, stated the timing of their ordeal meant the “the jungle was in harvest” and they could eat fruit that was in bloom. However, the children still faced vital challenges surviving in the inhospitable environment. Indigenous skilled Alex Rufino informed BBC Mundo that the kids were in “a very dark, very dense jungle, where the biggest timber within the area are”. He also warned that while there are leaves with which the youngsters might purify water, “others are poisonous”.
Despite the challenges, the kids managed to outlive, evading predators and armed groups within the jungle. Colombian President Gustavo Petro praised the children’s relationship with the environment, saying, “They are children of the jungle, and now they’re additionally children of Colombia.”