A deaf man who was abducted by human traffickers in 1993 has been reunited with his family in China.
Yu Zhongliang, 39, knelt in front of his elderly father as the pair met for the first time on March 19 after having been separated for 25 years.
As the father and son broke down in tears, Mr Yu's two sisters helped comfort the emotional men in their hometown of Hangzhou.
According to a report on China News, Mr Yu was separated with his family in 1993 during a trip to Shanghai with his mother. He got lost at a train station and then was abducted by two deaf people.
He was forced to steal clothes for the human traffickers and got beaten up when he refused.
The then 14-year-old boy escaped a few days after being abducted. He spent 10 years living on the streets of Yichang in central China before travelling to Xi'an. He learnt sign language during his stay in a local community centre in Xi'an.
In Xi'an, he made a living by polishing shoes for people on the street as well as recycling rubbish. He earned roughly four yuan (45p) a day from the business.
It's said that Mr Yu lived a life like this for 15 years
During the 25 years, Mr Yu always wanted to find his family.
It's reported that he knew his home city is Hangzhou, but couldn't remember the name of the village he is from. However, he recalled that there were water chestnuts growing in the fields in his home village.
In March, he decided to visit a major newspaper in Hangzhou after having returned to the city from Xi'an.
He had heard that the Hangzhou Metropolis Daily runs a section that helps families connect with their missing members. On March 13, Mr Yu went to the newspaper for help.
After investigation, the newspaper narrowed down Mr Yu's home village to a village in Jiaxing known for its water chestnuts.
At the same time, Hangzhou Metropolis Daily shared Mr Yu's story with different news channels to help the man find his family.
On March 17, Mr Yu's sister reached out to the police after reading about the news. The woman claimed that her brother went missing 25 years ago.