To many, the image of the fictional character Tarzan is known, as a man trapped in the jungle, dressed in antique clothing to cover his body, lived with all kinds of animals, and performed endless acrobatics.
A similar experience Ho Van Long, who Four decades of seeking refuge in the jungle is a well-known war in his country Vietnam.
That person died after returning to “civilization”. What happened and what is its history?
According to UN refugee agency figures, the war between the two factions of Vietnam (southern and northern) took place between 1959 and 1975. About 5.7 million victims and about 10 million people were refugees.
Ho Van Long He did not seek a safe place outside his country; He did it in the deep woods Vietnam In 1972, he was three years old. The United States carried out a series of bombings at the time, before his father fled with him.
Long He had a family of three siblings and their parents. According to the BBC, the mother and her two brothers lost their lives in the middle of the bombing and shooting.
The older brother was able to stay safe with other relatives and for many years tried to follow in the footsteps of his father and younger brother.
If you know it ‘TarzanHe lived in a makeshift hut near his father. It hunted for fruits from nearby crops to stay alive.
“About five people saw me in the woods. I would run and hide. People might hurt me”, The man then commented for the documentary, revealing himself and a portion of his teeth in awkward condition with apparent difficulty.
It was grown along with plants. He went from 3 years old to adulthood. He had no idea about the time, and when they finally found out with their father in 2013, he believed the war would continue.
However, harmony with “civilization” began long ago. According to various media reports, the elder brother investigated all those years until he was warned about the presence of two people in the forest. He tried in many ways to find them and get him back, but they did not want to.
He only returned until August 2013. Apparently, a group traveling through the area saw that they were in danger and decided to alert the authorities.
Ho Van Long, Now 44, and his father began living in his older brother’s house.
They had to adapt to all the habits they did not conceive. One of the efforts to regain language to communicate with his relatives was because the father had few words, but Long had to learn a lot to express himself.
Alvaro Cerezo, Spanish researcher, took on the history of man, and in 2017 he released the documentaryVietnamese Tarzan”. She took him back to the forest to show him how he lived and to tell him his thoughts on the ‘new path’.
– What was your first impression of your first day in civilization? Cerezo asked him.
“I like riding in a car,” he replied.
– Also, in the city, what impressed you the most? The Spaniards interrogated him again.
– See that animals are friendly to people. In the forest, buffaloes always run away from me.
– What do you think about the modern world?
– I think it’s loud, he finished Long.
And the conversation continued in this way, in which he kept a smile and tried to say more than simple monosyllabic.
According to the documentary maker, ‘TarzanShe made a friendship with him and it was wonderful to share a part of his experiences.
“I did not want him to live in civilization. I was always worried that he and his body would not be able to cope with such a drastic change. He spent his whole life in the jungle, and then he came to live in the civilized world, where he began to eat processed foods, and sometimes drank alcohol.” Cerroso was quoted in the American newspaper The New York Post.
According to local media outlet “Cogan”, the man received his citizen ID in March 2021 through an electronic chip.
According to reports, he has been living in Guangxi province in recent months. Vietnam, A house donated to him. He was dedicated to the paddy and banana harvest. He also hunted fish. His father was not with him as he died of geriatrics in 2017.
In November 2020 he was diagnosed with liver cancer. However, he was unable to undergo surgery due to his health improvement. ‘TarzanHe died at his home on the morning of September 6 at the age of 52 at this age.
“He’s a little boy with humanistic abilities.”, Concluded the Cerrero Analyst before his death.
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