War is a bad thing. A terrible thing. Then add war and rats into that mix. How do these two disparate things get married into the same story? Well, a man in Vietnam knows a thing or two about war and what ensues when someone tries to escape the harsh realities of war. Eating the delicacy that is rat meat, ensues.
The man in question is Ho Van Lang. He was the son of a former South Vietnamese Army veteran. He still thought that the Vietnam war, that started when Kenya was still in its infancy as a nation, was still ongoing. In an extraordinary video Ho Van Lang, 44, shows how he captured and gorged on rats in a bid to survive while taking sanctuary in the deep forest in the Tay Tra district of Quang Ngai province.
Along with dad Ho Van Thanh, 85, a South Vietnamese Army veteran, he fled as a boy from his small village in 1971. This came after a US bomb killed his mum and two other siblings. The province was a Viet Cong stronghold and was the scene of fierce jungle battles as the US military attempted to flush out the communist insurgents.
From then on they hid from all human contact fearing they would be killed in the crossfire. He survived by wearing loin-clothes made from tree bark. They were discovered by locals in 2013. Since then they have slowly been adapting to civilization – they now live in a house near the jungle.
A video which we can’t publish was then filmed which includes a scene where he brutally kills a huge rat before cooking it and then munching on its flesh. It must be the most delicious meat in the world! Nyam!