Around 250 people were allowed to travel from South to North Korea, where they had a chance to meet their family members after decades of separation. Reunions have been organized at Mount Kumgang resort in North Korea, where mainly older people traveled from South Korea to reunite with their lost family members. The reunion last for three days and in those three days families had six two-hour sessions, with only one session where they had a chance to meet in privacy. These meetings are strictly controlled by North Korea’s government and they have never been held on the territory of South Korea.
Thousands of people from North Korea applied to see their loved ones and only a few lucky ones were chosen using the computerized lottery system. One mother from South Korea had a chance to meet her son who was abducted by the North Korea in 1972.
Family reunions from this week were the second one organized in the past five years, with the first one organized in 2014. The sad truth is that it is unlikely that they will ever meet again. “Father, please live until the age of 130. I’ll live till the age of 100. We will find a way to meet again,” were the last words of Lee Dong-Wook, the son of Lee Suk-ju, a 98-year-old man from South Korea.
Millions of people were separated by the Korean War from 1950 to 1953. North Korea has rejected requests from South Korea to make these reunions more frequent.
Gildshire Editor, Elvira Barucija