The story of a 2-year-old kidnapped and reunited with his parents after 32 years has given hope to thousands of families in similar circumstances in China.
The Mao Yin family spent more than 3 decades searching for their son across China after he disappeared on October 17, 1988 in Xi’an City (Shaanxi). At that time, Mao Yin’s father came to pick him up from the kindergarten, and left the 2-year-old boy alone for a few minutes to go get water.
The family reunion took place during a police press conference.
Accordingly, in April, police received news about a man living in Sichuan (Southeast China, nearly 1,000km from Shaanxi) raised a child named Gu Ningning many years ago.
The police sampled Gu’s DNA, now a man and doing interior decoration work. As a result, the DNA coincided with Mao Yin.
Police said Gu was sold as a child to a couple without children for 6,000 yuan (equivalent to 20 million VND).
Ms. Li was informed of this on May 10 – the day Mother’s in China. “This is the best gift I have ever received,” she said. Mao Yin is now 34 years old. He said he would return to live with his parents.
Earlier, Ms. Li Jingzhi, Mao’s mother, left her job to look for her child. She distributed more than 100,000 flyers about children in 10 provinces. In this leaflet, she described her son as a very intelligent, cute and healthy child. “I want to thank the more than 10,000 people who helped us find our child,” said Ms. Li.
Since 1999, she has gone to many television channels to raise people’s awareness of the thousands of missing children. In 2007, she also joined the NGO Baby Come Back Home, which helped 29 kidnapped children to be reunited with their parents.
The Baby Come Back Home Foundation posted 14,893 boys and 7,411 missing girls on the organization’s website.
According to the Global Missing Children (GMK), an estimated 112,853 children are missing each year in the UK, while around 1 million children under the age of 18 are missing each year worldwide.
According to SCMP