Twenty-five years ago, in 1991, on Zhang Xue-Xia’s birthday, her 3-year-old son Zhi Zhi who was playing in the snow in front of a theater, vanished.
Zhang Xue-Xia and her husband gathered all their friends and relatives and searched the adjacent streets, train stations, and bus stations, to no avail.
The long journey of searching for Zhi Zhi
Zhang Xue-Xia and her husband started searching for their son, looking as far as ten provinces and many big cities. Every time they received a lead, they took immediate action. Unfortunately, they were disappointed again and again.
Altogether they have been searching for 25 years, with many bitter memories. Her husband, after suffering from depression for many years, finally committed suicide by jumping off a building in 2006. He left these unforgettable words: “I only want my son.” Zhang was heart-broken and said: “As long as my son and I are alive, I’ll never give up in finding him, and we will reunite one day.”
No matter where she went, Zhang always had a sign in front of her chest, with her son’s picture as a three year old and her contact information. She went to Fu Jian Province five times during her search.
This year, on February 22, during the Lantern Festival, her son’s adoptive parents told Zhi Zhi: “The picture online looks very much like you when you were little. You probably should have a DNA test.”
Sure enough, Zhi Zhi’s DNA matched Zhang’s and her husband’s.
The day that Zhang met her lost son Zhi Zhi, they cried in each other’s arms. Zhang considered herself very lucky to be united with her son, and said that all her sacrifices were worth it.
In reality, every kidnapped child brings endless sorrow and suffering to a broken family.
Researched by Monica Song, edited by Kathy McWilliams