Shocking image of an older child holding the one-year-old baby tightly in his arms
Video from the moment of the rescue of the children who were left in her jungle Colombia for 40 days, the authorities of the American country announced.
The image showing a slightly older child is shocking, holding his one-year-old baby tightly in his hands, who managed to survive, despite extremely adverse conditions.
Watch the shocking video of the rescue of the children:
#AEstaHora commandos de la @FuerzaAereaCol sacan de la espesa selva a los 4 niños. The helicopter 🚁 is more than 60 meters high. Los árboles 🌳 are very tall and visibility is almost nil. Van al helipuerto habilitado en medio de la selva for this operation.
Del heliport… pic.twitter.com/P7RYWDV9oi
— Mindefense (@mindefense) June 10, 2023
The world is shocked by the adventure of the children in Colombia
“Joy for the whole country”: after wandering alone for forty days in the dense Amazon jungle in Colombia, the four children, aged 13, 9, 4 and 1 year old, who survived the crash of the small plane they were traveling in, were found live.
“The four children who went missing 40 days ago in the Colombian jungle have been found alive,” President Gustavo Petro confirmed via Twitter, accompanying the post with a photo of soldiers and natives from the location where the siblings were found.
“Yes, they found the children, I need a flight, a helicopter to go and find them urgently,” the children’s grandfather, Fidencio Valencia, told AFP.
#GeneralGiraldo: “The union of efforts hizo posible esta alegría para Colombia”
— Fuerzas Militares de Colombia (@FuerzasMilCol) June 10, 2023
The children had not actually moved far from the crash site, Mr Valencia explained. “They were found by an Araraquara native who had been looking for them since the beginning, Henry Guerrero,” added the grandfather.
Members of the indigenous Uitoto tribe, accustomed to life in the jungle, the four children had been wandering in the thick vegetation since May 1, the day the Cessna 206 they were traveling in, along with their mother, the pilot and a relative, crashed. The three adult occupants of the aircraft were found dead by the military at the crash site.
“They were together, they are weak, let’s let doctors examine them. They found them, that makes me very happy,” President Petros told reporters, underlining that they managed to find it on their own in the jungle.
The Colombian military released more photos on Twitter from where the brothers were found, sitting on sackcloths, surrounded by soldiers and natives who offered them food and drink. The two older ones wore ripped jeans and long-sleeved T-shirts, their legs wrapped in strips of fabric.
More than a hundred soldiers, with the help of specially trained dogs, and dozens of indigenous people were searching for the children in the jungle on the border of Guaviare and Kaketa prefectures, after the plane was spotted with its nose on the ground in the dense vegetation.
The chances of finding the children alive seemed to diminish with each passing day in the extremely hostile environment where jaguars, cougars, reptiles and other predators seek prey. There are also voracious insects of all kinds, while there was also the critical issue of finding drinking water.
Dissidents of the former FARC rebel organization are also active in this area, specifically a group with which peace negotiations were recently interrupted.
News of the children’s disappearance went around the world, as did videos and photos of the army’s rescue operation. Bottles, scissors, shoes, half-eaten fruit, footprints and even makeshift shelters were found along the way.
“Today is a magical day, which, without any doubt, fills us with joy,” insisted the Colombian president after his return from Cuba, where his government and the National Liberation Army (ELN), officially the last rebel group that continues the armed fight in Colombia, they ended up signing a six-month truce.
“I come back and the first news I learn is that the natives and members of the armed forces who participated in the search found the children 40 days later,” he added.
“They were alone, they made it on their own. It is an absolute example of survival, it will go down in history. These children are today the children of peace and the children of all of Colombia,” he insisted.
Mr. Petros also praised “the effective coordination between the military and the natives” in the investigations, “an example of alliance from which the country should learn lessons.”
“If the doctors recommend that we transfer them to Bogotá or Villavicencio (centrally), it will depend on what they decide. I will try to talk to them,” he said.
Meanwhile, Wilson, a Belgian shepherd who went missing during the search for the children in the jungle, continues to be missing, the head of state noted with sadness.
The children – the eldest and the toddler are girls – know how to survive in the jungle, their relatives had pointed out during investigations.
The Air Force took part in the operation with three helicopters. In one, a loudspeaker was installed, playing a message from the children’s grandmother.
Satellites were also used to try to find the path the children might have taken in the jungle.
The Cessna, with seven people on board, was en route from Araraquara, Amazonas province, to San Jose del Guaviare, Guaviare province, when it issued a distress call due to mechanical failure in the early hours of May 1, before disappearing from radar.
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