Four indigenous children who were missing for six weeks after a plane crash in Colombia’s Amazon jungle have been reportedly found alive.
The brothers, ages 1, 4, 9 and 13, were traveling in a light plane on May 1 when the plane is believed to have broken down.
The accident killed the children’s mother, Magdalena Muktui Valencia, as well as a pilot and an indigenous leader.
When plane wreckage was recovered by Colombian forces, there was no trace of young people – caught fire A large-scale search operation is underway in the southeastern part of the country to find them.
The children were found alive, according to a military source cited by the Colombian news agency.
BNO News said they were dehydrated and had bug bites but were otherwise in good condition.
A military source has reportedly confirmed to news site EL TIEMPO that all the children who have been missing since May 1 are still alive.
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Colombian President Gustavo Petro also shared the good news on Twitter, writing a message that read: “Joy for the whole country!”
“Four children who went missing in the Colombian jungle 40 days ago appeared to be alive.”
The finding comes after the Colombian president was criticized when he tweeted earlier that the children had been found, but later deleted it saying the information could not be verified.
Previously, satellite imagery revealed the path taken by the children from the plane crash, and rescue workers found some of the children’s belongings (shoes and diapers), as well as makeshift shelters and half-eaten fruit. bottom.
Indigenous Hoitoto leaders expressed hope that children with fruit knowledge and jungle survival skills should have a better chance of being found alive.
On the morning of May 1, a Cessna 206 departed from the jungle area known as Araraquara, heading for the town of San Jose del Guaviare in the Colombian Amazon.
Minutes into the 350km (217 miles) journey, the pilot reported an engine problem and the plane disappeared from radar.
On May 15-16, soldiers found the bodies of three adults and the debris of an airplane with its nose destroyed vertically in deep vegetation.
But their children — Leslie, 13, Soleini, 9, Tien Noriel, 4, and baby Christine — were missing.
According to the government, members of the indigenous community performed a traditional ceremony to “talk to the jungle” and ask for the children to be handed over.