The four indigenous children who went missing in the Colombian Amazon jungle more than a month ago after a plane crash have reportedly been found alive, as per military sources quoted by the Columbian press.

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The crash killed their mother Magdalena Mucutui Valencia, the pilot and an indigenous leader.

As reported by Daily Mail, Four brothers aged 11 months, four, nine, and 13 were in a light aircraft that eventually crashed on May 1.

After the Colombian military recovered the wreckage, it was revealed that the children were not present, raising fears about their safety. As a result, a massive search operation was launched in the country’s southeast to identify and rescue the missing children. Authorities and search teams were also deployed at the site to find them and secure their safety.

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According to Military Forces, the children who went missing on May 1 have managed to survive. Before this confirmation, satellite images had revealed a trail indicating the path the children took from the wreckage of the plane. During the search operation, rescuers discovered some of their belongings, including a pair of shoes and a nappy, along with signs of a makeshift shelter and a partially eaten fruit.

The development comes after Colombia’s president faced criticism after posting a tweet stating that the children had been found. However, the tweet was subsequently deleted as the information could not be confirmed.

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Leaders from the Huitoto indigenous group after the incident have voiced optimism, believing that the children’s familiarity with fruits and their acquired jungle survival skills can increase their chances of being found alive. The indigenous community’s expertise and understanding of the local environment may prove invaluable in locating and rescuing the children.