Brother and sister reunited in China after 78 years apart

Brother and sister reunited in China after 78 years apart

Weng Qimei fled from the Second Sino-Japanese War (Stock image)

Friday, January 5, 2018

A brother and sister have been reunited after 78 years apart in China, according to local media.

The pair reportedly became separated when Weng Qimei left Chaoshan as a refugee as well as her mother and sisters due to the Second Sino-Japanese War.

However her other family members, including her younger brother, did not leave Chaoshan, according to the South China Morning Post.

They have now met after so many decades through the help of an organisation called Dream Back to Chaoshan.

The organisation was able to reunite the siblings after starting the search in June 2016, by basing the area they should look at on Weng's accent.

The woman first tried to find her family members in the 1960s but was unable to locate them, and was also told that her mother had died.

When Weng travelled away with her mother, their poverty meant she was sold to a family so that she could marry one of their sons.

She has also said she remembers her mother having bloody hands as she would pull up grass and scratch bark in an attempt to find food for her children.

Her son has said the Weng family will celebrate the Lunar New Year holiday with her brother in February in Chaoshan.