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Lost Boy Used Google Earth to Find His Mother

five years after he got lost whilst traveling on a train in India, a man
found his mother using the unlikeliest of technology, satellite images.

Here’s the incredible story of how Saroo Brierly used Google Earth to
reunite with his long lost mother:

Saroo was only five years old when he got lost. He was travelling
with his older brother, working as a sweeper on India’s trains. "It
was late at night. We got off the train, and I was so tired that I just
took a seat at a train station, and I ended up falling asleep."

That fateful nap would determine the rest of his life. "I
thought my brother would come back and wake me up but when I awoke he
was nowhere to be seen. I saw a train in front of me and thought he
must be on that train. So I decided to get on it and hoped that I would
meet my brother."

Saroo did not meet his brother on the train. Instead, he fell asleep
and had a shock when he woke up 14 hours later. Though he did not realise
it at first, he had arrived in Calcutta, India’s third biggest city
and notorious for its slums. [...]

Soon he was sleeping rough. "It was a very scary place to
be. I don’t think any mother or father would like to have their five
year old wandering alone in the slums and trains stations of Calcutta."


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April 15th, 2012

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