South Koreans travel to north for emotional reunions

Published: Tuesday 20th October 2015 by The News Editor

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Hundreds of elderly Koreans from the north and south have begun reunions at a North Korean mountain resort.

The emotional three-day reunions are the first time many of them have seen their loved ones since the war between the countries more than 60 years ago.

About 390 South Koreans, some in wheelchairs, others leaning on walking sticks, travelled to the North’s scenic Diamond Mountain resort, where the reunions will occur.

Lee Dong-im, 94, who is to be reunited with her brother-in-law, said she is “choked with tears”.

The elderly South Koreans took long johns, medicine, coats, calligraphy works and cash with them to give to their family members in the North as presents.

They are meeting with their children, siblings and spouses until Thursday. About 140 North Koreans are expected to attend.

Published: Tuesday 20th October 2015 by The News Editor

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