32 years waiting for my son to disappear at the pier

ChinaAfter her son went missing in 1989, Ma Ke Minh waited every day at the Chengdu North Railway Station, hoping that one day he would find him.

“That day, my parents were picking up trash at the train station. My son was playing with his sister at the foot of a tree, I asked him to go get some water, but he didn’t come back,” Ma Keming, from Hebei province, said. again. When he went missing, the boy Du Chinh Quynh was only 4 years old.

The reunion of the family of Ma Ke Minh and her son Du Chinh Quynh on September 23 in Ha Bac. Photo: sina.

Her son’s disappearance has completely turned Ma’s family life upside down. Ma and her husband did all sorts of things, from pasting leaflets, publishing newspapers, and then rummaging through the train stations. Whenever they heard that there was a lost child, they would come to visit.

After many years of searching without results, the savings are also gradually exhausted, the couple’s spirit is completely broken.

The husband who lost his child began to be born with an alcoholic. Whenever he was drunk, he blamed his wife. More than ten years later he passed away. Ma’s last hope is that her son can return to find his mother at the pier where he was lost. For the past 32 years, she went to that pier every day, picking up trash while waiting for her son.

As time passed, the memory gradually faded, but this woman never gave up on waiting for her child. The mother once told Du Chinh Quynh’s sister that she could not die until she found her son.

Her perseverance paid off. In 2016, Yu Zhengqiong, who lives in Dafeng town, Xindu district, Chengdu city, Sichuan province, went to the police station to take blood samples to find his biological parents by DNA testing. In August of this year, Du received a report that DNA comparison results showed that he was blood related to Ma Ke Minh.

Mr. Du said that when he was 10 years old, his adoptive father revealed his identity and advised him to find his biological parents when he grew up.

His adoptive father treated him very well even though his adoptive mother died early. As an adult, Du began to look for different ways to find his biological parents. Because he was lost at the age of 4, his memories of his hometown and family are very vague. Five years ago, he decided to sign up for volunteer family information and collect blood samples at the local security office.

This year, when the Tan Do district police announced that they had found their biological parents, Du Chinh Quynh said: “Unexpectedly, I don’t know how to accept the truth”. Seeing the child confused, the adoptive father encouraged: “There is nothing more important than meeting the biological parents”. This sentence made him determined to go to Ha Bac.

During the meeting, Mrs. Ma burst into tears as she hugged her son. Holding her son’s hand, she said: “I don’t want to be away from my child any longer”.

Talking about the current family, Du expressed grief about the death of his biological father, but was comforted because his mother’s health was still good. He said to his biological mother: “Birth parents have the gift of birth, adoptive parents have the gift of upbringing. To a child, both are parents and both are home.”

Yu is living a stable life in Sichuan with her adoptive father, is married and has two daughters. Knowing the thoughts of his missing son for a long time, Ma Ke Minh did not ask him to return to her side: “I know you are doing very well. You can rest assured”. Everyone agreed that in the future, Yu would often go back and forth to both sides, instead of staying at Ma’s house.

In 2009, the Ministry of Public Security of China established the DNA Database to prevent human trafficking. According to officials, more than 6,300 missing children have been found through this database.

Vy Trang (Follow sina)


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