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Man in China reunited with son abducted 24 years ago

CHINA: A Chinese father has been reunited with his son 24 years after he was abducted by human traffickers in front of their home in Shandong at the age of two in 1997.

Guo Gangtang spent 24 years crisscrossing the country, travelling more than 300,000 miles on a motorbike, with two banners each showing a photo of his son, Guo Xinzhen.

After nearly a quarter-century odyssey, the tearful reunion on Tuesday – held in front of camera in a police station – captured the imagination of the nation. On Tuesday, the Guo family’s moving reunion was reported across the country. On social media, related hashtags have been read hundreds of millions of times, with many people sending well wishes to them.

“Now that my boy has been found, everything can only be happy from now on,” Guo told local media, adding that he would regard the couple who eventually raised his son as “relatives”.

According to local media reports, Xinzhen was kidnapped while playing alone outside his home on 21 September 1997 by a woman only identified by the police with her surname Tang. She and her boyfriend then immediately sold the two-year-old to a family in nearby Henan province.

Xinzhen was still living in Henan when the police told him that his father had been looking for him all these years, local media reported. The 26-year-old is now a teacher.



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