In China, a 37-year-old man, kidnapped at the age of four, found his biological mother using a map of his home village drawn from memory. Li Jingwei told his story in Douyin, a Chinese TikTok, writes the South China Morning Post. The man does not remember his name at birth, he was born in Yunnan province in southwestern China, but was kidnapped as a boy his neighbor and transported to Henan province in central China, where he was sold to the family that raised him. Lee, who now has a family of his own, provided the authorities with a blood sample and began painting what he could recall of his native village.
The hand-drawn map helped police determine where the man was born and ultimately helped him reunite with his biological parents. It turned out to be the village of Zhaotong, located near a mountain town in Yunnan. Authorities found the woman who is likely Li’s mother, and DNA testing using blood later confirmed that he was indeed her son. Mother and son, who had not seen each other for 33 years, met on January 1, 2022. The father of the kidnapping victim is no longer alive.