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Two Children Found After Sixteen Days Lost In Mountains

December 6, 1994

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) _ Barefoot and blistered, two children have been rescued after spending 16 days searching mountainous terrain for their parents.

Romina and Daniel Quispe, aged 4 and 6, set out Nov. 19 to find their parents when bad weather prevented them from returning home after a day of herding sheep in Jujuy province, 1,066 miles northwest of Buenos Aires, police officer Maria Elisa Alderete said.

Returning the next day, the parents found the children gone and began to search for them with neighbors and 50 police and border guards.

The children survived their ordeal in the sparsely populated mountains by eating apples and wild berries and drinking water from mountain streams, local press reports said.

″Only the apples were tasty and so we ate them all day,″ Daniel told police after being rescued. ″At times we were hungry because we couldn’t find much food among the plants.″

They were found Sunday in a shack, seeking shelter from high winds and rain.

Both children were being treated for malnutrition and dehydration in a hospital in the provincial capital of Jujuy, police said.

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