In the year 2000, a 12-year-old boy named Mansour arrives in Peshawar, Pakistan with his mother and five siblings. They've just escaped Afghanistan, which has become too dangerous for them. Mansour's father is waiting for them in Peshawar, where he's arranged for a trafficker to take them all somewhere safe. But the night before they're supposed to leave together as a family, the trafficker shows up at their house and says he needs one person to come with him now, because there's an extra seat on the bus. And since Mansour is the oldest kid, he's chosen to go. The trafficker tells Mansour that the rest of his family will be right behind him.
And then Mansour begins a three-month journey through Pakistan and Russia, by bus, by train and by foot. Eventually he realizes that his family won't be coming to meet him. They're lost, but he can't turn back.
At one stage as he explained, he slept underneath the floor boards of an apartment in Russia for more than three weeks, with only one hour a day outside out of fear of getting caught by the authorities. And towards the end of this journey, the fake documents that he had was taken from him, and he was explained by the traffickers at the other end, you know, these extensive networks are very detailed and very well organized. And they took the documents from him and said, "Look, by the time this train stops you're gonna be at Central Station Copenhagen and from here on out you're on your own."
That's Chris Mikkelsen, who met Mansour five years after he stepped off that train in Copenhagen. Not long after that, Chris and his brother David become close friends with Mansour and decide to help him find his family.
We offered him the assistance and said, "Look, hey this is 2005, presocial media days, but still we've got mobile phones, emails, everybody's connected to everything, why don't we work with you and go to the different authorities and try and see if we can find out what had happened to your family?"