http://www.npr.org/2011/02/10/133644822/Chinas-Social-Media-Help-To-Rescue-Abducted-Boy [Article by NPR, Louisa Lim]
Imagine your 3-year-old is right outside your home playing as he does every day and suddenly, in the blink of an eye he is gone. The story linked above will tell you about one man’s refusal to give up the search to find his abducted son. When police officials couldn’t help, he used the power of the internet to send out tweets with photo’s and blog posts relentlessly for three years, until someone finally recognized the boy and contacted the father and they were recently reunited.
In his quest to find his son, Peng also helped to free other abducted children. (Peng, if you are reading this, you are an amazing example to many heartbroken parents.)
From Article: Peng had had numerous false alarms in the past, including one time where he even posed as a buyer to free two other children, one boy and one girl. He had negotiated with the human traffickers to pay 30,000 yuan ($4,554) for the boy, and half that for the girl, then he turned the case over to the police. This time, after seeing a photo of the child, he was confident it was his own boy, but he was terrified.”
Many of us are always curious when a child is stolen at such a young age and then reunited, does he remember his parents? The quote below will bring tears to your eyes:
From Article: “The pair waited anxiously outside the police station, Peng shivering with nerves. Then a car arrived, a small confused boy was bundled out and someone shouted the boy’s name. Peng burst into tears, and the child told a policeman, “That man crying is my dad.”
Moments later, Peng was weeping uncontrollably on the phone to his wife. “I’ve seen him,” he cried. “It’s our son.”
Speaking to NPR, Peng describes the moment he first held his son in his arms again: “I had no words. I just held him and cried. Three years of pain and pressure just exploded. I couldn’t speak, I just held him.”
Adding to what we can already surmise is impeccable character of the father, he has said that if his son wishes, he will allow the woman who posed as his mother to visit. He is not pressing charges because the man who abducted little Peng Xinle has died of cancer, and his wife is the sole caretaker of several in the family. I don’t know that I could be so noble had someone stolen my child—but then, I’d hope to be. This man is a beacon to others in China who are still searching and hoping for the return of their children.
*It is reported that over 20,000 women and children are abducted each year in China. Many women are taken as wives to men in remote villages and children are either placed with families who want a boy to carry on their names, or the children are many times made to be a part of a group of street chidlren who beg and steal money for their captors. This is a travesty and I take my hat off to China for beginning to take this issue seriously—I really hope more children will be brought home.
A video of their reunion is at the link below. Get out your kleenex, you are going to need it. –Kay