Man reunited with mum 33 years after he was abducted when he was just four-years-old

Li Jingwei, 37, was reunited with his mother using a map he drew from the memory of his long-lost village in Yunnan Province, China

China: Man is reunited with his mother after being kidnapped 33 years ago

A father could locate his family decades after his abduction by drawing a map of his original homeland from memory.

Li Jingwei, 37, was just four years old when he was kidnapped and abducted in 1989 by a neighbor in Yunnan Province, southwest China’s.

The boy was tempted with a toy and sold to a family 1,000 miles away in Henan who raised him, he told China’s The Paper.

Every day, Mr. Jingwei drew maps of his village to make sure that he would not forget his homeland and have “countless nights of longing.”

In December, he shared one of his drawings online and asked for identification help after hearing about other kidnapped children who were reunited with relatives.

Mr. Jingwei would also map his old village with a stick on the ground

He was surprised to receive a response almost immediately and a police investigation was opened that led him to his original home and mother after 33 years of separation.

In an emotional video, Mr. Jingwei fell to the floor when his mother cried, “I finally found my little baby.”

Their reunion took place over the weekend and was organized by the police.

Mr. Jingwei, who is now married with children, later showed his family the map he had drawn of rice fields and bamboo forests.

Li Jingwei was reunited with his mother after 33 years of separation

After the kidnapping, his mother unwittingly moved to the province he was kidnapped to and lived only 60 miles away.

Human trafficking and child abduction are a serious problem in China, where previous restrictions on the number of children per family and a traditional preference for boys have fueled child trafficking.

Many of those reunited with their original families are reluctant to take legal action against their foster parents who love them.

Mr. Jingwei said the family who adopted him taught him “the principles of being human” so that he could study hard and become “a talent in the future.”

It was not initially clear whether his foster family would be prosecuted.

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