Father and son reemerge from Vietnam jungle after 40 years

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vietnam_manDuring the Vietnam War, in 1971, a mother and her two children died in a landmine blast that destroyed their home. The surviving and traumatised father and son fled into the jungle, never to be seen again.

It was in 2013 until a local party of people walking through the jungle discovered the father and son, startled by their feral behaviours and wild appearance. The party reported their find to the leaders of the local commune, who deployed a search team to track the pair down. Five hours later, the father and son were discovered. This happened on August 7.

Four decades after they vanished into the jungle, Ho Van Lang, 42, and Ho Can Thanh, 82, were finally brought out from the tree house they had been living in all this time in Quang Ngai province’s Tay Tra district. The two wore nothing but loincloths made from bark, and were barely able to communicate; Thanh produced only a small amount of words of the local Cor dialect, his son unable to verbally communicate anything at all.Thanh was too weak to walk and had to be carried out on a stretcher.

A number of mementoes of their previous life were discovered; the father’s trousers he wore as a soldier and a little red coat his son had worn previously before entering life in the jungle. The two survived by growing corn, rummaging as many fruits, vegetables and cassava roots as they could, while also forging arrows for hunting, knives for killing animals and axes for chopping down firewood.

The pair has been receiving medical checkups from doctors, with thoughts on how the father and son should be reintegrated back into society.

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During the Vietnam War, in 1971, a mother and her two children died in a landmine blast that destroyed their home. The surviving and traumatised father and son fled into the jungle, never to be seen again.

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vietnam_manDuring the Vietnam War, in 1971, a mother and her two children died in a landmine blast that destroyed their home. The surviving and traumatised father and son fled into the jungle, never to be seen again.

It was in 2013 until a local party of people walking through the jungle discovered the father and son, startled by their feral behaviours and wild appearance. The party reported their find to the leaders of the local commune, who deployed a search team to track the pair down. Five hours later, the father and son were discovered. This happened on August 7.

Four decades after they vanished into the jungle, Ho Van Lang, 42, and Ho Can Thanh, 82, were finally brought out from the tree house they had been living in all this time in Quang Ngai province’s Tay Tra district. The two wore nothing but loincloths made from bark, and were barely able to communicate; Thanh produced only a small amount of words of the local Cor dialect, his son unable to verbally communicate anything at all.Thanh was too weak to walk and had to be carried out on a stretcher.

A number of mementoes of their previous life were discovered; the father’s trousers he wore as a soldier and a little red coat his son had worn previously before entering life in the jungle. The two survived by growing corn, rummaging as many fruits, vegetables and cassava roots as they could, while also forging arrows for hunting, knives for killing animals and axes for chopping down firewood.

The pair has been receiving medical checkups from doctors, with thoughts on how the father and son should be reintegrated back into society.

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