Rochom P’ngieng, the Cambodian Jungle Girl


In 2007, a Cambodian woman emerged filthy, naked and scared from the dense jungle of Ratanakiri province in remote northeastern Cambodia. Local police said the woman was “half-human and half-animal” and could not speak any intelligible language. She became internationally known as the Cambodian Jungle Girl and is believed to be Rochom P’ngieng, who disappeared while tending buffalo on the edge of the jungle 19 years before. In 2016, a Vietnamese man claimed that the woman was his daughter who had disappeared in 2006 at age 23, following a mental breakdown. He was able to provide documentation about her and disappearance, and shortly after, brought her back to his village in Vietnam. He received the support of her adoptive family as well as the approval of immigration officials.

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