Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Father & Long-Lost Son Reunited After One Year



Father & Long-Lost Son Reunited After One Year

Father & Long-Lost Son Reunited After One Year

A dream came true for a father and son early this month when the long-lost lad was

reunited with his father.

After more than a year apart, the father and son, Lik and Thong respectively, were

reunited on Dec. 12 after a relative saw an announcement the lad's rescuer had placed

on local television.

"It was the most rewarding incident to have been involved in," said CivPol's

Sgt. John Gallagher, who was with the boy when his family and home were finally found

after a long misadventure.

On Nov. 10, 1991, Thong, age 10, was found to be missing from his family home in

Phnom Penh by an unknown means.

"Likely the little fellow simply got lost," said Gallagher. And at some

time later he was "offered for sale" by what Gallagher described as an

"eccentric woman," to a cyclo driver for 5,000 riel.

The cyclo driver, Kong Young, bargained and purchased the lad for 3,000 riel, and

took the boy to his home in Oudong in Kompong Speu province where "he treated

the boy as he would a little brother," said Gallagher.

Once in Oudong, Gallagher and his CivPol mate, Sgt. John Mahon-both of whom are part

of the 40-man Irish contingent to UNTAC's Civilian Police-got involved in the fate

of Thong.

After the boy's aunt made the identification of the boy from the Dec. 8 television

announcement, Gallagher and Mahon drove Thong and his cyclo-driving guardian back

to Phnom Penh for the joyous reunion-where the boy instantly recognized his father.

"There was no question in my mind that we found the right family when we brought

the boy home," said Gallagher.

Gallagher and Mahon, who will be rotating home in January to Donegal and Sligo respectively,

said they found that the Cambodian people were friendly and deserved of the U.N.'s

effort at bringing peace to this country.

"No better people deserve this more," Gallagher said.

"We're glad to have met the Cambodian people-and their kids," said Mahon.

MOST VIEWED

  • Phnom Penh placed in two-week lockdown

    The government has decided to place Phnom Penh in lockdown for two weeks, effective April 14 midnight through April 28, as Cambodia continues to grapple with the ongoing community outbreak of Covid-19, which has seen no sign of subsiding. According to a directive signed by Prime Minister

  • Cambodia on the verge of national tragedy, WHO warns

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) in Cambodia warned that the country had reached another critical point amid a sudden, huge surge in community transmission cases and deaths. “We stand on the brink of a national tragedy because of Covid-19. Despite our best efforts, we are

  • Hun Sen: Stay where you are, or else

    Prime Minister Hun Sen warned that the two-week lockdown of Phnom Penh and adjacent Kandal provincial town Takmao could be extended if people are not cooperative by staying home. “Now let me make this clear: stay in your home, village, and district and remain where

  • Businesses in capital told to get travel permit amid lockdown through One Window Service

    The Phnom Penh Municipal Administration has issued guidelines on how to get travel permission for priority groups during the lockdown of Phnom Penh, directing private institutions to apply through the municipality's One Window Service and limit their staff to a mere two per cent. In

  • Vaccination open to foreigners in Cambodia

    The Ministry of Health on April 8 issued an announcement on Covid-19 vaccination for foreigners residing and working in Cambodia, directing the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training and local authorities to register them. Health minister Mam Bun Heng, who is also head of the inter-ministerial

  • Ministry names types of business permitted amid lockdown

    The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training singled out 11 types of business that are permitted to operate during the lockdown of Phnom Penh and Takmao town, which run through April 28. Those include (1) food-processing enterprises and slaughterhouses; (2) providers of public services such as firefighting, utility and