Twelve years after he abandoned his son Siu Yau-wai in a remote village near Shantou in eastern Guangdong, the unexpected has happened - Xiao Huihong met his son again in the same village. There was no hugging in the encounter that took place earlier this month, as one might expect of a family reunion. "His father did not even look [Yau-wai] in the eyes. I stood there telling him repeatedly that [Yau-wai] was his son," said 76-year-old Chow Siu-shuen, the boy's grandmother. "And he blamed me for not abandoning his son." Twelve years ago, Yau-wai's parents abandoned him in a cardboard box when he was still an infant. They did so because they felt that their son was a bad omen as his father had lost three fingers in an industrial accident before the boy was born. Chow's heart was broken. She took her grandson to Hong Kong so she and her husband could take care of him. The problem was that Yau-wai came to the city on a two-way permit and then overstayed. Last month, Chow turned her grandson in to the Immigration Department. Yau-wai was then given temporary papers to stay in the city. But earlier this month, the pair went across the border to Shenzhen. Chow claimed that she did so because the Federation of Trade Unions, which was helping the pair, and the department's officers told her that the boy's parents had been found and were willing to take care of him. The parents were nowhere to be found. The FTU and the department both denied Chow's claims. Earlier this month, Chow visited Shantou to meet Yau-wai's father. She made the trip because she wanted to ask the father for the boy's documents so she could apply for permits allowing him to return to Hong Kong. The father was not at home when the pair arrived. But relatives living nearby contacted Xiao by phone and he eventually showed up and met his son. "When [Yau-wai] met his father, the boy said he did not know him. He said he was an orphan with no parents," Chow said in Hong Kong yesterday. Chow returned to Shenzhen later yesterday after reporting back to the Immigration Department in the morning. The pair are now staying in a run-down guest house in Shenzhen.