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A six-year-old boy who was condemned to death by his cannibalistic tribe because they thought he was a witch after his parents died has returned to the jungle to reunite with the people who planned to eat him.
Wawa Chombonggai grew up in the Korowai tribe in West Papua where villagers believe bad spirits are to blame when a person suddenly dies.
The clan traditionally hunt the person they believe is responsible for and unexpected death, before killing them and eating their flesh for their perceived crime.
When both Wawa's parents died in 2006, they believed it was because he was a witch and began planning his gruesome death.
But Kornelius Sembiring, a former guide in the region for Channel Seven, heard of Wawa's plight and rescued the child - taking him into his home in Sumatra 13 years ago.
Wawa is now 20 and still living with Mr Sembiring and his family - thankful for his second chance at life.
Now, the sports science university student returned to his former tribe, saying he wanted to tell his people they shouldn't kill and eat one another.
Wawa went into the jungle with his foster brothers and sister Wilhelmus, Devi and Lepina for the emotional reunion last week.
The devout Christian shook hands with the tribe's leader before his aunts embraced him and lamented the lost years with their nephew.
Wawa (pictured as an adult) returned to the village 13 years later in an attempt to rectify their way of life
Wawa, who speaks no English, was overwhelmed with the greeting. He broke down in tears while Mr Sembiring spoke for him.
'Before he feels like he was just alone. But now... [it feels like] he had a big family,' Mr Sembiring told Sunday Night.
But despite the warm welcome, Wawa eventually confronted his Korowai family about what happened to his uncle, who was killed due to an affair with another man's wife.
The Korowai (pictured in 2006) that Wawa grew up in believe that when a person dies it is because of a bad spirit
'We should talk and discuss in a nice way to get a solution. Why do you kill like that? Don't we have a solution like talking to the other people or talking to the leader of society?' he asked.
He wanted his tribe to learn a different way of life, as its members are currently 'weak' and susceptible to being taken over by another group, he said.
Wawa's uncles were stirred by his speech and said they wanted the young man to become the leader of the tribe - a far cry from what almost happened to him as a child.
Wawa's parents died when he was young, leading the villagers to believe he was a bad spirit.
Even though he returned to the place he once called home, he still remembered the very real threat he faced there.
'If I had stayed in the village then I was at risk,' he said.
Wawa's parents died when he was young, leading the villagers to believe he was a bad spirit. Pictured: A skull found in the village
His brother, Devi, is also believed to be a sorcerer and faces a similar threat.
Wawa wanted to bring his younger brother home with him, but was unable to do so this time around.
He was told Devi would be safe if he obeyed the terms of his exile.
Wawa has high hopes for his former home.
The football player left the village in tears when he returned home - but he promised to return.