Traumatic Images Of Koreans Bidding Farewell To Their Families Permanently

The 1950-53 Korean War has left families separated for six decades. Nearly 400 South Koreans and their 140 relatives taking part had 12 hours of total face time that was cut extremely short for everyone. This reunion was the second to be held in the past 5 years. Every single interaction was controlled and monitored to the very last second. They were limited to 2-hour sessions in a communal hall and a  private one-on-one time without TV cameras.

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“My eyes are all puffy because I cried so much last night,” said Ri Hong-Jong, 88, as he said goodbye to his South Korean daughter.

“Even this morning… the tears just keep coming,” he said.


“Be healthy. Live long,” 85-year-old Lee Soon-Kyu told the North Korean husband she had met for the first time since they were separated at the outbreak of 1950-53 Korean War when she was just 19 years old.

“Let’s meet again in the next life,” he replied.


The reunion programme began in earnest after a historic North-South summit in 2000. These pictures embody the joy of temporary reunion right before the pain of permanent separation kicked in. You are all in our prayers!

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