Fate of Siu Yau-wai unknown after his return across the border

By Wong Yat-hei

Relatives failed to meet Siu Yau-wai at the border where they were meant to pick him up, the boy's grandmother says they "don't have a plan"

By Wong Yat-hei |

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Where to now for "stateless boy"? No one knows.

“Stateless boy”, 12-year-old Siu Yau-wai, will now return to the mainland, and said he regrets asking Federation of Trade Unions lawmaker Chan Yuen-han for assistance.

After nine years of an undocumented life in Hong Kong, Yau-wai announced his plans to go back to mainland China on Thursday.  

Yau-wai’s grandmother Chow Siu-shuen, who has been his primary caregiver during his time in this city, accompanied him to the Immigration Department offices in Kowloon Bay yesterday afternoon. There, they surrendered and arranged for voluntary repatriation procedures.

The pair arrived in Shenzhen through the Lo Wu border last night, but the family members who were supposed to pick up Yau-wai never showed up. Chow said they had nowhere to go and no one they could trust.

"I can't trust anyone now except myself," a frustrated Chow said, adding she also regrets seeking help from Chan, who first revealed their plight to the media and tried to champion their cause.

Asked if any of Yau-wai's relatives were coming to pick him up, Chow said, "no one wants him. We don't have a plan as to what we should do."

The grandmother had no choice but to take him to an orphanage.

"He is just an orphan. I don't know how we got into this situation. He doesn't have a family. If he did, we wouldn't be here," Chow said.

Lau Kar-wah, their lawyer, said Chow made a "good decision" as the pair were under huge public pressure and subjected to harassment.

The two were last seen around the Lo Wu border.

“Why do (people) care so much where we are going? The boy did nothing wrong, please leave him alone,” Chow told reporters before escaping the media pack in a taxi with Yau-wai.