Father & Son Found in Vietnamese Jungle, 40 Years Later
Posted on September 3, 2013
We’ve heard of bomb shelters and underground bunkers built by those who fear the imminent nuclear fallout. Then there’s the jungle, where a Vietnamese father and his son took refuge from a war that’s four decades over.
When Ho Van Thanh lost his wife and two children to a mine blast in 1971, he secluded himself and his remaining baby son, Ho Van Lang, in the Vietnamese jungle to escape the horrors of the Vietnam War.
But what seemed to be a fleeting escape from the dangers of bloodshed seemed too long. The two men isolated themselves until long after the war was over, living in a wooden tree house, wearing only loincloths, and scavenging for food in the wild.
It wasn’t until recently that locals collecting firewood in Tay Tra District in Quang Ngai Province spotted the father and son. Authorities found Ho Van Thanh, now 82, too weak to walk.
Ho Van Lang, now 41, could barely speak the region’s Cor language, knowing only a few of the local words.
After close medical examination, the two men now face another war: the daunting challenge of blending in with the modern society, much less making a living out of the comfort and simplicity of the Vietnamese jungle.