North-South Korean family reunions

Families separated by the Korean War (1950–armistice, 1953) met for the first time last weekend at Mt Kumgang resort in North Korea.

Women from South Korea meet their brother in North Korea
North Korean and South Korean family reunion

Some 97 North Koreans met with 436 of their family members from South Korea in a three days event. It’s the 18th gathering of this sort since 2000, but the first in 13 months amid tension between the two sides.

It’s an emotional reunion for sure… the joy of meeting separated families and relatives for the first time in almost 60 years, and the sadness of knowing that this could very well be the last time they’re seeing each other.

90-year-old Lee Jong-ryol (North) met with son Lee Jong-sik (South)…
North Korean and South Korean family reunion

90-year-old Kim (S) met with her 71-year-old daughter…
North Korean and South Korean family reunion

North Korean father with daughter and son from the South…
North Korean and South Korean family reunion

Kim Ho-sook (N) met with nephew Kim Ho-dae…
North Korean and South Korean family reunion

Son Jong-taek (N) greeted by his daughter-in-laws…
North Korean and South Korean family reunion


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