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Man Abducted Aged 4 Finds Mum After Drawing Map Of Home Village 33 Years Later

Anish Vij

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Man Abducted Aged 4 Finds Mum After Drawing Map Of Home Village 33 Years Later

A man who was abducted at the age of four was reunited with his mother 33 years later after drawing up a map of his childhood village from memory. Watch the heartwarming footage below:


Li Jingwei is now 37 and was sold into a child trafficking ring at just four years old, as reported by China's The Paper.

As shown in the moving clip, his family, understandably, break down into tears at the sight of, what they thought, was their long lost relative.

His mother is quoted as saying: "I've finally found my little baby."

Li's adoptive parents and DNA services weren't able to help him so he managed to share a video of the self-drawn map on social site Douyin on Christmas Eve.

Incredibly, his sketch proved to be very detailed with references to specific buildings in the area.

Credit: Weibo
Credit: Weibo

Li also noted how locals used big wooden buckets to cook rice.

Police were then able to match the map up with an area near the south-western city of Zhaotong in Yunnan Province, China.

"I’m a child who’s finding his home. I was taken to Henan by a bald neighbour around 1989, when I was about four years old," he told the camera.

The 37-year-old underwent DNA tests and was reconnected with his mother on Saturday.

Credit: Weibo
Credit: Weibo

Sadly, his father who passed away was unable to meet his son.

Reports suggest that Li was sold to a family who lived over 1,100 miles from his original home.

Incredibly, when his mother moved house, she lived just 60 miles from her son, without knowing.

The 37-year-old says his adopted family taught him ‘the principles of being a human so he could study hard and become a talent in the future’.

Li is now married with children.

It is yet to be clear if investigations are being made into the case.

According to a study, human trafficking impacts roughly 236 million people in China.

This accounts for roughly 17 percent of China’s population of 1.39 billion. 

Considering the fact that China has the largest population of any country in the world, the issue remains to be prominent.

Featured Image Credit: Weibo

Topics: China

Anish Vij
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