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Emotional moment woman, 28, is reunited with her mother 21 years after being abducted on her way to school
- Wang Xue was kidnapped in Guizhou, China, when she was seven years old
- Her parents were forced to give up the search due to financial constraints
- She was constantly ‘beaten, threatened and locked up’ by her foster parents
- Wang found her parents after registering on website that helped reunite families
- DNA test results confirmed Wang and her parents’ biological relationship
Happy tears were shed when a daughter was reunited with her birth parents after being kidnapped 21 years ago in south-west China.
Wang Xue, nicknamed Little Swallow, met her parents after a DNA test confirmed their biological relationship, according to Guizhou City Daily.
Wang was on her way to school when she was taken in 1997 aged just seven.
Mother Wang Yonghui cries as she hugs her long-lost daughter Wang Xue. The daughter was kidnapped on her way to school when she was only seven years old in 1997
Two decades later, hundreds of locals arrived at Wang’s home to witness the emotional reunion, decorating the streets with balloons, flowers and banners to welcome the long-lost daughter.
‘I have finally found my daughter,’ the teary mother, Wang Yonghui, told the press. ‘I finally got to see my daughter again in my lifetime.’
Back in 1997, Wang was living with her grandparents in Xingren county in Guizhou province, while her parents worked in the fields, she recalled.
Hundreds of locals arrived at Wang’s home to witness the emotional reunion, decorating the streets with balloons, flowers and banners to welcome the long-lost daughter.
One day, a stranger came up to Wang and asked her to carry her belongings back home.
When the young girl refused, the woman dragged her onto a tricycle and drove away. She even gave her some food to snack on.
When Wang woke up, she found herself in Nayong County, more than 300 kilometers away from home.
Wang Xue was brought to the reunion by volunteers of Baby Back Home, an organisation that helps reunite families with their lost children. Wang registered on the website in March
She was then sent to live with her foster parents and was always ‘locked in, beaten and threatened’, she told Guizhou City Daily.
‘It was a common occurrence,’ she said.
Every so often, she would hear that someone was looking for her, but before she could do anything about it, her foster parents would lock her up in the house.
To prevent her from being discovered, Wang was later sent to their relatives’ home to live for two years.
She tried to escape many times, but she was always caught immediately and beaten.
Despite the hardships, Wang forced herself to remember the names of her biological family. She knew the names of her grandfather Wang Kaiming and uncle Wang Yinghong, and that she had a younger brother.
Wang’s mother couldn’t eat for three days after she was told her daughter was kidnapped. It was a nightmare, but she never gave up hope.
Mother Wang Yonghui, cries as she tightly hugs her long-lost daughter among the crowd at the reunion. The family spent everything they had to find her kidnapped daughter
Wang’s parents spent everything they had on the search for their daughter – but to no avail.
Eventually, they were forced to give up due to financial constraints. They also divorced and moved to different provinces.
In March, Wang registered on a Chinese website called Baby Back Home, a non-profit organisation that helps families tracks down lost children.
The organisation said they have reunited 2,382 families so far. A total of 41,225 parents are still looking for their children.
Daughter ‘Little Swallow’ reunites with her mother after two decades. Volunteers of Baby Back Home found Wang Xue’s parents based on the little details she could remember about her past
Volunteers then reached out to Wang and launched an official search for her family based on the limited information.
When volunteers visited her family after narrowing down the search area, her grandmother produced childhood pictures of Wang that matched the ones the volunteers brought.
Blood samples were immediately taken from Wang and her parents, and on Apr 25, the results came back: A positive match.
‘I said: “I’m going back right away”,’ Wang recalled. ‘I’m not waiting any longer.’
Two days later, the long-lost mother and daughter burst into tears the moment they saw each other and embraced each other in a tight hug.
Wang’s case is not unique.
Child abduction and trafficking has been a serious problem in China, with an estimated 70,000 children going missing each year for forced labor, adoption or prostitution, according to China Daily.
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