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Journey & truth

Luck and persistence

Day: 268Distance covered: 34,227 km (21,268 miles)Subjects found: 75Saturday's meeting was brief, and bittersweet for M. It was her first contact in three years with a world she thought had forgotten her, a world she still remembers but can no longer reach. Only later...

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Meet M

Meet M

Day: 264Distance covered: 34,173 km (24,234 miles)Subjects found: 75! In 2010, I was living in a misty mountain town in far northern Vietnam. Many young Hmong girls would come to town from the surrounding villages to sell handicrafts and guided treks to tourists. A...

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Courage

Day: 262Distance covered: 34,119 km (21,201 miles)Subjects found: 74 At last, Moreno and I have the name of M's village. Today we went on a reconnaissance mission to the town nearest the village, with an outside hope of arranging a meeting. The town centres around a...

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How high the mountain is

Day: 261Distance covered: 34,073 km (21,172 miles)Subjects found: 74  I've spoken to M five times in the past two days. It has been extremely difficult to determine her precise location, as M herself seems to have little understanding of where she is. There are no...

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This is why we fight

Day: 259Distance covered: 34,063 km (21,166 miles)Subjects found: 74 Using what tools we have and the information that she herself has been able to provide, Moreno and I have located the area of China in which M now lives. It's a very small area by Chinese...

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Strength of will

Strength of will

Day: 254Distance covered: 31,883 km (19,811 miles)Subjects found: 74Moreno and I were searching for fourteen people in China's Yunnan province; we found eleven. The other three we've struck from our list - our single biggest disappointment since the very beginning of...

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Meet Chuan Hou, Chang Xi and You Cun

Meet Chuan Hou, Chang Xi and You Cun

Day: 245Distance covered: 28,976 km (18,005 miles)Subjects found: 74It had been almost six months since the last time Moreno and I came into direct opposition with the authorities - the police, the army and the immigration office, all at once, in fact. This time our...

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Meet Shi Ying, Zhong Guo and Bao Xing

Meet Shi Ying, Zhong Guo and Bao Xing

Day: 244Distance covered: 28,874 km (17,941 miles)Subjects found: 71Our search for locals I'd photographed at a town market in southern China four years ago led Moreno and I out amongst the surrounding villages, and into the homes of three delightful grandfathers. At...

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Meet Zhong Ming and Yu

Meet Zhong Ming and Yu

Day: 243Distance covered: 28,859 km (17,932 miles)Subjects found: 68I found Zhong Ming at the town market, just where I'd found him four years earlier, and recognised him instantly. Zhong Ming, however, recognised neither himself or his grandson Yu in the photograph I...

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Meet Bingkun

Meet Bingkun

Day: 242Distance covered: 28,857 km (17,931 miles)Subjects found: 66There is a beautiful little town in southern China whose Friday market draws people from many minority villages scattered across the surrounding valley and mountains. One Friday, four years ago, I...

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Meet Yulu and Jiafa

Meet Yulu and Jiafa

Day: 241Distance covered: 28,856 km (17,930 miles)Subjects found: 65I would never have taken his portrait at all, but for his own insistence. Today I returned to find Yulu, and the elephant in the room. Yulu is 36 years old, the eldest of seven children. He was born...

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Treading water

Treading water

Day: 239Distance covered: 28,733 km (17,854 miles)Subjects found: 63Our journey through China was scheduled to last six weeks, with two trafficked girls and 24 photographic subjects to locate, and over 8,000 kilometres to cover by bus and train. Our first two weeks...

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Meet P

Meet P

Day: 231Distance covered: 26,877 km (16,701 miles)Subjects found: 63 P was never one of our 100 subjects. P is a friend of M and myself from Vietnam, a Hmong girl who was also trafficked as a child into China. Three years ago, P was taken across the border, held...

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Meet Zhe Mimi

Meet Zhe Mimi

Day: 227Distance covered: 26,232 km (16,299 miles)Subjects found: 63In 2010, I spent two weeks volunteering as an English teacher in southern China. One morning, some local students offered to take another teacher and myself to a little place they knew hidden away in...

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A quick note

I've started receiving messages from people wondering if I'm still alive. It's true that it's been a long time since I last wrote - not because nothing's been happening, but because so much has been happening there's been no time to write about it all! We've...

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Thank you

Moreno and I have spent the past week entangled with embassies, banks and equipment failure, and waiting on things that have failed to materialise - not to mention having completed an exhausting 47-hour overland journey from one end of Vietnam to the other. Our big...

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