The story of Guo Cantang, 45, a father who spent his last 18 years on the roads of China in search of his missing son, went viral on Chinese social media.
Guo’s ordeal began on September 21, 1997, when his two-year-old boy, Guo Zhen, was abducted from the front gate of his home in Liaocheng, Shandong Province. According to a little girl he was playing with at the time, Zhen was snatched by a middle-aged woman. Since then, the heartbroken father has dedicated his life to finding the boy. Guo has traveled over 400,000 kilometers to all of China’s provinces, except Xinjiang in Tibet, wearing out 10 motorcycles in the process.
In the hopes that someone might recognize the boy and give him some useful information. To accompany him, he always carries with him 2 printed flag photos of hid son when he was still two, strapped to his motorcycle.
Since then, the heart-broken father has steadily devoted his time to find his son. Sadly, Guo has not been successful so far, but in the course of his search he has become a godsend for other parents with missing children. With his help, dozens of kids have been returned to their families. Guo, however, said that he never participates in the actual reunions, because he’s waiting for his own. There have been times when he had less than 5 cents in his pocket, not even enough buy himself a meal, but simply refuses to give up hope of one day finding his son.
I keep telling myself, ‘maybe tomorrow Guo come back,’ but that ‘tomorrow’ is yet to come,” he said.
His only worry is that his old home may be demolished while he is on the road, and his son won’t have anything to recognize when he finally finds him.
According to a BBC report, over 20,000 children are abducted in China every year. They are then put on the black market or sold openly online. The tragic phenomenon is portrayed in the documentary Living with Dead Hearts.
via The Beijing News