Tears Of Joy: Separated South And North Korean Families Reunite For The First Time In More Than 60 Years
Can you imagine being separated from your relatives for decades? Families from North and South Korea know this terrible feeling better than anyone.
The Korean War separated hundreds of people more than 60 years ago. And in August this year, about 90 families got an opportunity to reunite for the first time. The last reunion of a similar kind took place years ago.
As a result, 330 South Koreans and 185 North Koreans arrived at the tourist resort of Mount Kumgang, where they embraced each other with joy, tears, and disbelief. The majority of survivors (more than 60%) is older than 80, and many of them arrived in wheelchairs. But age and health issues, like hypertension and diabetes, didn’t stop them from meeting parents, children, and siblings.
Touching pictures taken at the event
92-year-old mom from South Korea meets her 71-year-old son from North Korea. We can’t imagine what these two went through.
99-year-old South Korean mom meets two daughters (who are 71 and 72 years old). The siblings could not speak for minutes when they saw their mother!
North Korean woman meets her South Korean sister and brother, whom she hasn’t seen for ages.
It’s no surprise these touching pictures melted hearts of people from all over the world:
Imagine, some of these families haven’t seen each other for 60 years. Gives me goosebumps. Also the feeling of gratitude that I live in Canada. I complain as I am entitled to but it is not like the Koreas.
— Frances Birnie (@frances_birnie) August 20, 2018
— Lisa (@Lisa37455666) August 20, 2018
At the photo, the mother from the South looks younger than her son from the North… Not surprised, but somehow still shocked of how hardships are shown on people.
— Alex Infired (@AlexInfired) August 20, 2018
We hope more and more people will get a chance to meet their nearest and dearest after long years of separation!