What could be more painful than saving the lives of others, but not being able to save or even find your own child? This is the ‘tear-jerking’ story of a man who spent the last 18 years on the road searching for his missing son.
Guo Gantang’s nightmare began on September 21, 1997, when his 2-year-old child was abducted at the front gate of his home in Liaocheng, Shandong Province in China. A middle-aged woman allegedly snatched Gantang’s child. The 45-year-old father has been on the road since then, dedicated to finding his son. He has traveled over 400,000 kilometers to almost all parts of China, wearing out ten motorcycles in the process.
During his quest, Guo has helped dozens of missing kids by returning them to their families safely. However, he has not been able to find his own son. Nonetheless, he remains hopeful that he will be reunited with Guo Zhen. For him, giving up is not an option.
BBC report says that a striking 20,000 children are abducted in China every year. They are either placed on the black market or sold openly online.
Two flags bearing an old photo of his son are always tied to his motorcycle.
“I keep telling myself, maybe tomorrow Guo Zhen will come back, but that ‘tomorrow’ is yet to come,” he said.
His only fear is that their old house has long been torn down and his son won’t be able to recognize it anymore.
Guo’s poignant story has a 2015 film adaptation entitled ‘Lost and Love.’
His quest, unwavering faith, and love for his son have inspired others and have earned so much support from social media.
“This is father’s love. Such a touching story! It makes me want to cry,” says user @Xiaoyuanzi.
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