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Missing Kenyan Man Returns Home 47 Years After He Was Sent To Buy Rice, Thanks To Facebook

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Missing Kenyan Man Returns Home 47 Years After He Was Sent To Buy Rice, Thanks To Facebook
James Mwaura, in blue suit, is reunited with his family members in Molo after he went missing in 1974. PHOTO / COURTESY

Facebook, which was initially created by Mark Zuckerberg to allow Harvard University students connect with each other, has over the years been known for connecting people around the world digitally.

One of such cases of connecting the world is how a 70-year-man, James Mwaura found with his family in Kenya after 47 years of his disappearance.

Mwaura went missing from his home in Molo, Nakuru County when he was just 23-year-old after he was sent to a shop to buy rice for the family.

Fortunately, he has now found his way back home, all thanks to the social media giant, Facebook.

According to CitizenDigital, he reportedly lost his way in the process of going to buy rice, only to find himself in Nairobi with no money and no kin to turn to as he found that his brothers who stayed in the city had also moved.

He then hitched a ride to Naro Moru in Nyeri County where he started a new life and later settled into marriage with a woman he met there.

Years later, like everybody else these days, he was scrolling through Facebook when he stumbled upon a seemingly familiar face.

He sent the person a message in his inbox and it turned out to be one of his nephews.

The two struck up a conversation and agreed to meet up on Wednesday, before the family reunion eventually happened on Thursday, July 22.

Mwaura, who arrived home in a blue suit, informed the family members that he is now happily married and blessed with three children and four grand children.

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