Escaped from civilization

Dozens of years in the jungle, in the taiga and the mountains of Alaska ...

30 years in the Alaskan mountains

Escaped from civilization

After years of service in the Navy and working as a mechanic American Richard Proenneke chose a rather unusual way to relax on the pension. He built a hut high in the mountains of Alaska, in a beautiful place called Twin Lakes. There he lived for almost thirty years - until his death.

It should be noted that the hermit not completely cut himself off from the outside world: several times he made the long journey to Iowa, to their relatives. However, most of his life he spent in solitude in the wilderness. He hunted, fished and studied nature, they discovered their innate naturalist.

Episodes of his solitary life Proenneke taped, which later was installed in a series of documentaries "Alone in the Wild." His recordings have been adapted to a number of books, and, in addition, he wrote several important articles in the field of meteorology and biology.

40 years in the Vietnamese jungle

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In the days of the Vietnam war, when a bomb killed his wife and two of his sons, forty-two Vietnamese Ho Wang Tann escaped into the jungle with the sole survivor of a two-year son. There are two and stayed for the next 40 years, and even heard from relatives of the end of the war did not make hermit father back into the cruel world of men.

More recently - in August 2013 - the workers from the nearby village found in the jungles of forty-two man and his elderly father. They have little understanding of the local language, were exhausted and looked absolutely savage. All these years, they lived in a simple-hut and fed mainly only roots, corn and wild fruits.

Escaped from civilization

Since the state-old father raises fears after discovering he was sent to the hospital. Both men will now have to attempt socialization in modern society.

Lykov family: Life in the taiga

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At the time this story occupied the front pages of Soviet newspapers. In 1978, geologists during an expedition in a remote corner of the Taiga instead of mineral deposits discovered a family of six who lived in the forest for forty years.

Karp Lykov and his family were Old Believers. Even during the revolution, many Old Believers fled to Siberia to escape the persecution of Communists; some of these were Lykovs refugees. In 1936, a tragedy occurred: Lykov elder brother was shot. Fleeing from Stalin's repression, the family fled to the forest ...

With their modest belongings Lykovs went farther and farther away from society, stopping only a couple of hundred kilometers from the border with Mongolia. Husband, wife and their four children (two were born already in the Taiga) lived only those that were grown or caught in the hunt. They often went hungry; mother of the family died of starvation in 1961 after so once again gave their portion of food to children.

Lykovs and we never heard any of the flights to the moon, or even about the Great Patriotic War. Little things like the modern world as plastic bags, bring them to a complete delight. During all these years the younger children began to speak in dialect, which only with difficulty it was possible to recognize the Russian language. Once the geologists came to Lykov to contact family members gradually began to trust them, however, deeply religious, they refused to leave his house cut off from society. In three out of four children over the next several years, died. Two died from kidney problems caused by long years of malnutrition. Third killed pneumonia; medical treatment, he flatly refused. Their father died in 1988.

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Agatha Lykov, the last of the family still lives in the same place all alone. Now she is almost seventy years old, and in his life it never left the limits of his native taiga region.

Japanese guerrillas, who have not passed the position

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Back in 1944, the Japanese army sent Lieutenant Hiroo Onoda, and several other units in the sparsely populated island of the Philippines Lubango to fight a guerrilla war. And, although quite soon after the Second World War was over, no Onoda, nor its people are not informed about it, and they have remained to live and fight in the jungle for thirty years.

In October 1945, the Japanese government tried to inform about the end of the war the soldiers hiding in the deep jungle, but Onoda and his companions took the news papers and leaflets dropped from overflying aircraft, with the enemy's propaganda. And, although they have read all the news up to the last word, they did not give up until then, until they receive orders from their commander in chief. On their quest troops were sent, and could not find partisans.

Over the years, all the supporters Onoda died, and one of them decided to give up and secretly fled. The next twenty years Onoda lived alone, becoming a legend among Japanese and Filipino soldiers, confident in his death. In 1974, he happened to meet a young traveler Norio Suzuki. He tried to convince the die-hard soldier personally that the war is over, but Onoda, he had not believed it.

Suzuki had to find Onoda-chief and to arrange a meeting between them. When Onoda learned the truth, he was shocked to the core. Japanese authorities, he was proclaimed a hero, and was pardoned for the murder of Filipinos, which he made while on the island.

However, after his return, he could not bear the rejection of modern society the ideals of his youth and moved to Brazil. There he married and began to lead an active social life, with time to organize and lead the Brazilian Society of Japanese. Returning home, he organized a school for troubled teens, which leads them on hikes and teach not only the science of survival in the harsh nature, but also discipline and mutual assistance. For successful work with young people in November 1999, Onoda was awarded the prize in the field of social education of the Ministry of Culture, Education and Sports of Japan.

He is now 90, but he continues to work with difficult teenagers, to lecture at universities, participate in social activities in Japan and Brazil, engaged in charity in the Philippines (with whom he fought so long), writing books and articles. A wife Onoda is chairwoman of the Company and the Japan Women's deputy council Ehime Prefecture.

The Last of the tribe in the Amazon jungle

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Almost twenty years ago, the lone Indian was discovered in the Brazilian jungle, which, apparently, was the last member of his tribe. Attempts by the authorities to enter into contact with him ended in failure: Indian unhesitatingly shot an arrow into the chest of one of the rescuers. I must say that in the past the desire to integrate the Indians into society, as a rule, failed and ended early deaths Amazonian savages.

As a result, the authorities declared the land fifty kilometers around the place of his residence inviolable. The man who is to be now over forty years, still leads a lonely isolated lives in the jungle.