A Chinese man has used Google maps to locate his family, 23 years after he was abducted. Luo Gang, who was kidnapped when he was just five years old, used the online tool to locate two bridges – the only landmarks he remembered from his hometown.
Luo, 28, was snatched in a small town in Sichuan province while
on his way to kindergarten. He was then taken hundreds of miles
east, to Fujian province, where he was adopted by a family in the
city of Sanming.
But Luo says he never gave up hope that he would one day be
reunited with his biological parents.
“Every day before I went to bed, I forced myself to relive the
life spent in my old home,” he told Fujian’s Strait News.
As an adult, all Luo could remember about his hometown was that it
had two bridges. Lucky for him, that was all the information he
Luo posted what he knew of his story on a Chinese website which
specializes in reuniting families with missing children. A
contributor responded with details of a family whose son was
abducted 23 years ago in Sichuan province.
Using Google maps, Lou zoomed in on satellite images of an area
called Yaojiab. He was then able to locate the two bridges which he
remembered from his childhood.
“That is my home,” he shouted. It wasn’t long before Luo –
whose original name was Huang Jun – was reunited with his parents,
who had given up the search for their son many years ago.
“I felt heartbroken. I couldn’t eat or sleep and I cried every
day thinking my son was missing and didn’t have enough food or
clothes out there,” his mother, Dai Jianfang, said.
But Luo didn’t just gain two loving parents – he also has a sister
who was adopted after his parents gave up all hope of ever seeing
their son again.
It is not yet clear whether Luo’s adoptive parents will face
Cases of child abduction and trafficking are common in China – some
76,000 families lost a child last year, according to Fujian’s
Many of the victims are young boys who are then sold to families in
search of a son.
This article originally appeared on : RT