A five-year-old boy who claims to have lost his parents in a devastating earthquake in Turkey was found wandering alone in the streets of Maastricht, a city in the Netherlands, some 1500 miles away from his home country.
Police and social workers are baffled by his mysterious journey and are trying to trace his family and find out how he ended up in a foreign land.
The boy, who only speaks Turkish, was spotted by a passer-by who alerted the police. He was taken to a police station where he was given food and ice cream and spoke to a Turkish-origin officer.
He told them that his name was Ali and that he came from Turkey, where a 7.8 magnitude earthquake had killed over 50,000 people and injured over 100,000 in February. He said that his parents were still in Turkey and that they had been injured in the earthquake.
The police contacted the Turkish Embassy in The Hague, but they said they had not been informed about the boy by the Dutch authorities.
They asked for more information and said they would try to locate his relatives. The boy was handed over to social workers and taken to a shelter.
But how did Ali travel from Turkey to the Netherlands? And most importantly, where are his parents and are they still alive?
These are some of the questions that haunt the authorities and the public as they try to unravel the mystery of the lost boy of Maastricht.
Ali’s story has touched many hearts and sparked a wave of sympathy and curiosity. Some people have offered to adopt him or donate money for his care.
Others have shared his picture on social media and asked for help in finding his family. Some have even suggested that he may have a special connection to the Netherlands or that he may have been guided by a divine force.