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Topic : After 24-year search, Chinese man reunited with kidnapped son
2023호 3면
 
TITLE : After 24-year search, Chinese man reunited with kidnapped son

After 24-year search, Chinese man reunited with kidnapped son



After 24-year search, Chinese man reunited with kidnapped son | Reuters

 

 

(Reuters) - A man has finally reunited with his abducted son after a 24-year hunt across China, handing out missing-person flyers, that burned through his savings and left him with massive debts.

Guo Gangtang, 51, began searching for his then 2-year-old son after he was kidnapped in 1997 from their home in a village in the eastern province of Shandong.

 

After initial efforts found no trace of his son, Guo refused to give up and began a decades-long search.

 

Guo travelled China on a motorcycle with a flag attached bearing his lost son's image and carrying a bag full of flyers.

 

Police in June tracked down a man fitting his son's description in central Henan province, the official Xinhua news agency reported. After a DNA test confirming the relationship, a family reunion with his son Guo Xinzhen, 26, now a teacher, was arranged on Sunday.

 

Guo's son was found after the Ministry of Public Security launched a nationwide campaign this January to solve cold cases involving child abduction.

 

Police have located and rescued 2,609 missing or abducted children this year, including adults who had gone missing or were kidnapped as kids. One victim was traced after 61 years.

 

Guo's motorcycle journey of around 500,000 km (311,000 miles) took him to most of China's provinces. He also went through 10 motorcycles.

 

In 2012, Guo set up a website "Tianya Xunqin" which translates as "Find your family on the edge of the world". It has since helped dozens of people locate family members, he told local media.

 

"I've found my son, and I want to get back to normal life as soon as possible," Guo said in a video on his Tiktok social media page on Tuesday.

 

Source: https://www.reuters.com/world/china/after-24-year-search-chinese-man-reunited-with-kidnapped-son-2021-07-14/

 

Comprehension

Who was reunited with his abducted son after many years?
How old was Guo's son when he was kidnapped?
How did Guo's search for his missing son?
How did the police able to track his son?
How many missing children were located and rescued by the police?
What website did Guo set up?

Discussion

What do you think about this article?
Are there a lot of missing children in your area?
How to protect your child from kidnapping?
Why do you think syndicate groups chose to kidnap children?
Do you know any essential safety skills for children?
How can the government stop the cases of kidnapping?
What steps do you think should be taken immediately after a child goes missing?
What can be done to reduce a child going missing, being abducted, or being kidnapped?

Vocabulary

abducted - take (someone) away by force or deception; kidnap
burned through - to spend money quickly
cold cases - an unsolved criminal investigation which remains open pending the discovery of new evidence.
trace- find or discover by investigation.
locate - discover the exact place or position of.