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Child Of The Jungle

Child Of The Jungle

In 1980 seven-year-old Sabine Kuegler and her family went to live in a remote jungle area of West Papua among the recently discovered Fayu – a tribe untouched by modern civilisation. Her childhood was spent hunting, shooting poisonous spiders with arrows and chewing on pieces of bat-wing in place of gum. She also learns how brutal nature can be – and sees the effect of war and hatred on tribal peoples.

After the death of her Fayu-brother, Ohri, Sabine decides to leave the jungle and, aged seventeen, she goes to a boarding school in Switzerland – a traumatic change for a girl who acts and feels like one of the Fayu. ‘Fear is something I learnt here’ she says. ‘In the Lost Valley, with a lost tribe, I was happy. In the rest of the world it was I who was lost.’

Here is Sabine Kuegler’s remarkable true story of a childhood lived out in the Indonesian jungle, and the struggle to conform to European society that followed.
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Genre: Biography & True Stories / Biography: General

On Sale: 8th March 2012

Price: £9.99

ISBN-13: 9781844088874