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A Man Uses Facebook To Reconnect With His Family 25 Years After Going Missing

Submitted by on March 21, 2012 – 4:02 pmOne Comment

We hear so many negative stories about Facebook these days, that it’s nice to finally hear one that has a happy ending.

Recently, a 30-year-old man by the name of Saroo Brierley wanted to set out to find his family. About 25 years ago, the native of India went into a city to beg with his brother and fell asleep on the train ride back home. As a result, he ended up halfway across the country with no food, no money, and no idea how to get back. So, eventually, he was kidnapped, sold into slavery, and officially declared a “lost child” by India’s government. However, after some time, he managed to free himself and was later adopted by a couple by Australia who took him in and raised him until he was old enough to attend the University of Canberra. And this is where things got a little bit strange (as if they weren’t already!).

Ever since he turned 20, Brierley has been thinking about ways to track down his original family. And once forms of technology like Facebook and Google Earth came into the picture, he was able to do exactly that. First, he used Google Earth and bits and pieces of what he could remember about his hometown to find out the actual name of it. Then, he went on Facebook and found an entire page devoted to the town that he lived in before he went missing. And, from there, he was able to book a ticket to the town, travel there, and track down his family in order to reconnect with them.

It almost sounds too good to be true, right? Like it could only happen in a movie?.Well, guess what? It will be a movie sometime fairly soon. Aside from sharing his crazy story recently, Brierley also revealed that he has plans to turn it into a feature film that will, no doubt, get picked up by some studio out there.

Now, who said Facebook is nothing but trouble? Don’t tell that to this guy!

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