Hong Kong police helped two Nepali boys reunite with their father after they got separated from him and stayed on the city’s streets for nearly 20 hours , Apple Daily reported Monday.
Banthamagar Pawan-kumar, 11, and Banthamagar Anjan, 14, came with relatives from Nepal to visit their parents, who live in Hong Kong, and plan to return home after the Lunar New Year in early February.
At MTR Yau Ma Tei Station Saturday afternoon, their father boarded a train just before the door closed, but the brothers failed to get on, police said.
The boys were reported missing after their father returned to the station but could not find them anywhere.
While the father was anxiously searching for them with the help of the police, the boys, who do not speak either English or Cantonese, were wandering on the streets.
They could only afford to buy some water but no food, because they had only a little money on them.
The boys were forced to wander around and sleep on the street until police found them on Lockhart Road in Wan Chai at about 11 a.m. Sunday and took them to the police station.
The brothers were safe and sound and ate some food police gave them. Their parents later came to pick them up.
Hong Kong Unison, a non-governmental organization dedicated to helping ethnic minorities, said parents should teach their children to stay put if they get lost.
They could also leave notes with names and phone numbers on them in case the children need help.
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