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Together again after decades apart

By Zhou Mo in Shenzhen, Guangdong | China Daily | Updated: 2017-07-19 07:07

Together again after decades apart

Liang Qiyou reunites with his son in June in Shenzhen, Guangdong province. China Daily

On the day they were finally reunited, it had been 19 years since Ye Yong (not his real name) last saw his father.

The 25-year-old, who was abducted from his home in southwestern Guizhou province in 1998, stood watching the horizon, waiting for Liang Qiyou to appear.

Once Liang approached, the two hugged and wept.

"I have been missing you every minute and every second all these years," Liang said.

Ye now works at a restaurant in Shenzhen, southern Guangdong province.

He went to the city four years ago after being invited by the elder sister from his adoptive family, who runs the business.

He began the search for his biological parents in May by seeking help from a police station.

"Reuniting with my family has been my dream for years and when I learned that this is now a possibility because of DNA sequencing technology, I did not hesitate," he said.

Ye was lucky. Liang reported his son missing days after his disappearance and has repeatedly made attempts to find him, meaning his DNA was on file and easily accessible using the country's public security database system.

"If there was only DNA information for the son or the parent, the possibility of reuniting them would have been slim," said Lu Baolei, an official with Shenzhen's public security bureau, which carried out the search.

According to Lu, 23 abductees have been reunited with their families in Shenzhen this year.

Named Liang Jianshe at birth, Ye spent his early years in a village in Guizhou with his grandmother and younger sister, while his parents worked at a brick factory in distant Anhui province.

It was a rainy summer night in 1998 when Ye was snatched from his bed by three men as he slept beside his grandmother and younger sister, who was then only 1.

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