For the past two decades a 70-year old man lived in a cave in northern Jordan, alone with no water or power or reliable access to food, exposed to the elements and wild animals. An unidentified caller contacted radio station Amen FM to alert them to the modern caveman. Last Thursday the kingdom’s Public Security Department (PSD) found him and brought the septuagenarian to safety.
Amen FM is the radio station for PSD, the Jordan police. A rescue team made up of the Ministry of Social Development, the police, and the radio station found the man on a rocky ledge in Wadi Shuaib in Balqa, located about 35 kilometers northwest of Amman.
“The cave is situated in a very dangerous location. The man was living in a place that lacks the minimal basics for a decent life. He was exposed to the dangers of harsh weather, stray dogs and reptiles,” a PSD officer told The Jordan Times.
The caveman has no family or relatives. He went willingly with his rescuers and is now staying with an area resident who volunteered to care for him until he moves into a government-sponsored retirement home.
Amen FM will interview the man on Sunday to assess his situation and follow-up on any healthcare services he will need, according to Maan Al-Khasawneh, Director of Public Security Radio.
Cave dwelling is rampant across the Middle East – the Bible is loaded with references to big things that happened in these small, naturally confined spaces. Green Prophet has brought you to at least five options for underground accommodation when touring Turkey, Iran, and Jordan. But this man’s natural digs were not the stuff of Israeli luxury eco-lodges.
Hard to imagine how he will adjust to his new living situation. Unlike Bedouin cave dweller (and Couchsurfing host!) Ghassab Al-Bedoul, this old man was living without bottled gas and water. More critically, he was living alone.
You can’t live any greener than he did. Let’s hope his transition to the twenty-first century is smooth.
Photos from Amen FM Facebook Page