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HAPPY REUNION: Mabasha (centre) with his father and brother at Childline in the city on Wednesday.
HAPPY REUNION: Mabasha (centre) with his father and brother at Childline in the city on Wednesday.

Staff Reporter

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: It was the outcome Mammed Sherief had fervently hoped for. His nine-year-old son who was missing for nearly five months was reunited with him at the Don Bosco Veedu Society & Childline here on Wednesday morning.

Sherief, a small-scale vendor from Anantapur in Andhra Pradesh, was out of town when Mabasha along with his seven-year-old brother, Gosmudeen, disappeared from the house along with their mentally ill mother in September last.

The boys were reportedly taken for begging in Bangalore by their mother.

However, Mabasha ran away from his mother and boarded a train, which brought him to Kerala. The boy was finally rescued by the personnel of the Railway Protection Force on September 30 and handed over to the officials of Childline after he was found wandering at Trivandrum Central Railway Station.

Meanwhile, Childline officials collected the necessary details about the boy and passed the information to their branches in Vijayawada, Vishakapatnam and Hyderabad along with Mabasha's photograph. But this turned out to be of little help.

The tearful reunion came after Childline officials contacted one of the boy's uncles through a telephone number, which Mabasha managed to recall, nearly two months after his stay at the shelter.

However, the reunion was further delayed as his uncle failed to inform his father about the development immediately. Gosmudeen was traced from a hospital in Bangalore following the death of his mother.

Philip Parakatt, director, Don Bosco Veedu Society & Childline, said Sherief and Gosmudeen came to the shelter around 6 a.m. on Wednesday and received Mabasha. They left for Bangalore by train in the afternoon.

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