In an incredible story of the hope carried inside of a young boy, 28-year-old Luo Gang, who was abducted from his birth home in Yaojia Village in Sichuan, China when he was only five years old, was reunited with his proper parents over two decades later.
MSN Now on Tuesday shared Gang’s story. Gang, who didn’t even know his original birth name, was kidnapped and raised 900 miles away in the town of Sanming. MSN Now said Gang lived a relatively happy childhood, but his memories as a 5-year-old always stuck with him.
What makes Gang’s reunion story especially implausible is that he had very few facts to assist volunteers who worked to find his parents. Gang did not know his real name, his parents’ names or the village where he was raised.
All Gang had was disjointed memories – an old stone bridge opposite a little house, a tiled roof, two streams running close to the home and nearby rice fields that Gang would cross on his way to school.
It sounds like the idyllic landscape of any small village in rural China, but Gang said he would repeat small details every night before he fell asleep so that would never forget.
In October 2012, Gang turned to a website called Baby Come Home, a volunteer-run forum where parents and abducted children share details of their cases.
Child trafficking in China is big business – lax adoption laws and government rules placing limits on family sizes spur annual kidnappings. Over 70,000 Chinese children are taken from their homes each year, says foreignpolicy.com.
Gang tells his story:
“I was going to kindergarten and there was a man and a woman,” Gang recalls. “I thought they were friends of my father so I went with them. I was transferred from car to car. Later on I was told I was in a mountainous area in Fujian province.
“I was very afraid, but I had been abducted and I had no choice,” says Gang, adding that while he was not mistreated, he was told he would never be reunited with his parents.
“I was like a computer,” Gang says. “I tried to keep my memories of family and the geographical surroundings. I didn't even really know my own name.”
Gang has since returned to live with his biological parents, who, as you can imagine, were beside themselves at seeing their long-lost son. Neverthless, Gang harbors no ill-will and sees himself as now having two families.
“I thought at first that it broke one family. Now I think it broke two families,” he says. “My adoptive family raised me for 23 years. But my biological family are family. I don't have a paradox – I think of both of them as my homes and I will spend time with both.”