Soldier in the jungle
This news is from Colombia. Soldiers are in a jungle. One of them separates from the group. He gets lost.
He is in the jungle for 23 days. He walks and looks for food. He eats plants, turtle meat and fruit. He drinks very little water. He thinks about his family. This keeps him going. He makes up his own rap songs, too.
His fellow soldiers find him. Everybody is very happy. They give the soldier food and take him to hospital.
Difficult words: separate (to get away), make up (to make in your head), fellow soldiers (the soldiers in his group, his friends).
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Three weeks ago, a soldier went missing in Colombia’s wilderness. He somehow separated from his group in an area known for heavy rebel activity.
The soldier spent most days walking around looking for food. He survived on plants, turtle meat and fruit. He went days without water. He said that his family inspired him to go on. He even made up his own rap songs to keep himself going.
After 23 days, his fellow soldiers were very happy when they found him. They gave him food and took him to hospital.
Difficult words: wilderness (an area with no people), separate (to get away from something), inspire (to help).
You can read the original story in the Level 3 section.
Finally found! Here’s the Colombian soldier who went missing for 23 days in the jungle. His fellow troops can be seen spoon-feeding this stray soldier after they found him alive and well after a jungle-wide search.
Yeffer Sanchez went missing three weeks ago in the wilderness of Colombia’s Central Meta Province. He said that somehow he became separated from his unit while on patrol in an area known for heavy rebel activity.
Weak and thin when he was discovered, he didn’t appear to have sustained any serious injuries. Speaking from the helicopter which was flying him to safety, Sanchez said he was grateful that his fellow comrades didn’t abandon the cause. The soldier said he spent most of his days walking around in search of a way out, and that he even resorted to making up his own rap songs to keep his spirits up. Surviving on plants, turtle meat and fruit, Sanchez said he went days without hydration.
And he was met with applause when he returned to his base. He’ll undergo a medical and psychological test before being reunited with his family, who he says were the inspiration behind his survival.
Difficult words: troops (soldiers), stray (lost), abandon the cause (to give up), hydration (water).