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Mementos of Korea's Divided Families - 17 Mar 2014
The 1950-53 Korean War left many families separated on either side of the border between North and South Korea, unable to see one another except during a few specially organised family reunions. The latest family reunion was held on February 20-25 at the Mount Kumgang resort just north of the border and a total of 813 family members met in tears and joy. South Korean President Park Geun-hye has made a formal proposal to North Korea to hold family reunions regularly. On March 17 a report on North Korea will be presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.

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March 16, 2014
A combination photo shows (L) Choi Jung-sook, 84, who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean...
Namyangju, South Korea
A combination photo shows Choi Jung-sook, who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean...
A combination photo shows (L) Choi Jung-sook, 84, who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean reunion for families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War, posing at her house in Namyangju March 11, 2014 and (R) holding a document with her younger sister's photo in Namyangju. Choi said that she thought her sister had died in the Korean War, but she was able to see her again at the reunion. "I took photos with a disposable camera, but it broke down or something and the film strips didn't develop. We took a lot of photos but I can't see any of them and that breaks my heart. I don't expect to be able to meet my sister soon. I just want to be able to write her letters and call her," Choi said. The latest family reunion for those separated in North and South Korea was held on February 20-25 at the Mount Kumgang resort just north of the border and a total of 813 family members met in tears and joy. On March 17, a report on North Korea will be presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. Pictures taken March 11, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: SOCIETY CONFLICT)

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March 16, 2014
Choi Jung-sook, 84, who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean reunion for families separated...
Namyangju, South Korea
Choi Jung-sook, who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean reunion for families separated...
Choi Jung-sook, 84, who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean reunion for families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War, poses at her house in Namyangju March 11, 2014. Choi said that she thought her sister had died in the Korean War, but she was able to see her again at the reunion. "I took photos with a disposable camera, but it broke down or something and the film strips didn't develop. We took a lot of photos but I can't see any of them and that breaks my heart. I don't expect to be able to meet my sister soon. I just want to be able to write her letters and call her," Choi said. The latest family reunion for those separated in North and South Korea was held on February 20-25 at the Mount Kumgang resort just north of the border and a total of 813 family members met in tears and joy. On March 17, a report on North Korea will be presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. Picture taken March 11, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: SOCIETY CONFLICT)
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March 16, 2014
Choi Jung-sook, 84, who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean reunion for families separated...
Namyangju, South Korea
Choi Jung-sook, 84, who was one of the participants of the latest reunions for Korean War-separated families,...
Choi Jung-sook, 84, who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean reunion for families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War holds a document with her younger sister's photo (below) in Namyangju March 11, 2014. Choi said that she thought her sister had died in the Korean War, but she was able to see her again at the reunion. "I took photos with a disposable camera, but it broke down or something and the film strips didn't develop. We took a lot of photos but I can't see any of them and that breaks my heart. I don't expect to be able to meet my sister soon. I just want to be able to write her letters and call her," Choi said. The latest family reunion for those separated in North and South Korea was held on February 20-25 at the Mount Kumgang resort just north of the border and a total of 813 family members met in tears and joy. On March 17, a report on North Korea will be presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. Picture taken March 11, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: SOCIETY CONFLICT)
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March 16, 2014
A combination photo shows (L) Heo Gyeong-ok, 87, who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean...
Seoul, South Korea
A combination photo shows Heo Gyeong-ok posing at her house in Seoul and holding a polaroid picture taken...
A combination photo shows (L) Heo Gyeong-ok, 87, who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean reunion for families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War posing at her house in Seoul March 6, 2014 and (R) holding a polaroid picture taken during the reunion with her younger sister living in the North. Heo said that during the Korean War, her husband left home to seek refuge in the South and she followed him with their one-year-old son, leaving her siblings behind. "I don't have a lot of memories with my two younger siblings because they were just 13 and 15 when I left home. I've been applying for the family reunions for 14 years and finally got my chance this year. I thought I wouldn't be able to recognize them if we got to meet. When I met them this time, I asked them our parents' names and they remembered. I thought, "Yes, they really are my siblings," Heo said. The latest family reunion for those separated in North and South Korea was held on February 20-25 at the Mount Kumgang resort just north of the border and a total of 813 family members met in tears and joy. On March 17, a report on North Korea will be presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. Pictures taken March 6, 2014 REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: SOCIETY CONFLICT)

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Heo Gyeong-ok, 87, who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean reunion for families separated...
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Heo Gyeong-ok who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean reunion for families separated...
Heo Gyeong-ok, 87, who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean reunion for families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War poses at her house in Seoul March 6, 2014. Heo said that during the Korean War her husband left home to seek refuge in the South and she followed him with their one-year-old son, leaving her siblings behind. "I don't have a lot of memories with my two younger siblings because they were just 13 and 15 when I left home. I've been applying for the family reunions for 14 years and finally got my chance this year. I thought I wouldn't be able to recognize them if we got to meet. When I met them this time, I asked them our parents' names and they remembered. I thought, "Yes, they really are my siblings," Heo said. The latest family reunion for those separated in North and South Korea was held on February 20-25 at the Mount Kumgang resort just north of the border and a total of 813 family members met in tears and joy. On March 17, a report on North Korea will be presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. Picture taken March 6, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: SOCIETY CONFLICT)
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March 16, 2014
Heo Gyeong-ok, 87, who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean reunion for families separated...
Seoul, South Korea
Heo Gyeong-ok, who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean reunion for families separated...
Heo Gyeong-ok, 87, who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean reunion for families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War holds a polaroid picture at her house in Seoul taken during the reunion with her younger sister living in the North March 6, 2014. Heo said that during the Korean War her husband left home to seek refuge in the South and she followed him with their one-year-old son, leaving her siblings behind. "I don't have a lot of memories with my two younger siblings because they were just 13 and 15 when I left home. I've been applying for the family reunions for 14 years and finally got my chance this year. I thought I wouldn't be able to recognize them if we got to meet. When I met them this time, I asked them our parents' names and they remembered. I thought, 'Yes, they really are my siblings,'" Heo said. The latest family reunion for those separated in North and South Korea was held on February 20-25 at the Mount Kumgang resort just north of the border and a total of 813 family members met in tears and joy. On March 17, a report on North Korea will be presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. Picture taken March 6, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: SOCIETY CONFLICT)
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March 16, 2014
A combination photo shows (L) Kim Chang-nam, 71, who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean...
Seoul, South Korea
A combination photo shows Kim Chang-nam posing at his house in Seoul holding a polaroid picture taken...
A combination photo shows (L) Kim Chang-nam, 71, who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean reunion for families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War, posing at his house in Seoul March 11, 2014 and (R) holding a polaroid picture taken during the reunion with his older sister living in the North. Kim said that during the Korean War, his older sister and older brother went to Pyongyang to find their uncle. He said that he thought his sister was dead, but he was able to see her again thanks to the family reunions. "I never understood what it meant to be a war-torn family member until I heard my sister was alive [and] looking for me. I just didn't know where to start. I feel like I didn't get to even ask how she was doing. I thought my older sister was dead, so I burned pictures and everything else that reminded me of her. If I had known she was alive, I would've given her some baby pictures of us together,? Kim said. The latest family reunion for those separated in North and South Korea was held on February 20-25 at the Mount Kumgang resort just north of the border and a total of 813 family members met in tears and joy. On March 17, a report on North Korea will be presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. Pictures taken March 11, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: SOCIETY CONFLICT)

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March 16, 2014
Kim Chang-nam, 71, who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean reunion for families separated...
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Kim Chang-nam who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean reunion for families separated...
Kim Chang-nam, 71, who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean reunion for families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War, poses at his house in Seoul March 11, 2014. Kim said that during the Korean War, his older sister and older brother went to Pyongyang to find their uncle. He said that he thought his sister was dead, but he was able to see her again thanks to the family reunions. "I never understood what it meant to be a war-torn family member until I heard my sister was alive [and] looking for me. I just didn't know where to start. I feel like I didn't get to even ask how she was doing. I thought my older sister was dead, so I burned pictures and everything else that reminded me of her. If I had known she was alive, I would've given her some baby pictures of us together,? Kim said. The latest family reunion for those separated in North and South Korea was held on February 20-25 at the Mount Kumgang resort just north of the border and a total of 813 family members met in tears and joy. On March 17, a report on North Korea will be presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. Picture taken March 11, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: SOCIETY CONFLICT)
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March 16, 2014
Kim Chang-nam, 71, who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean reunion for families separated...
Seoul, South Korea
Kim Chang-nam, who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean reunion for families separated...
Kim Chang-nam, 71, who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean reunion for families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War, holds a polaroid picture at his house in Seoul taken during the reunion with his older sister living in the North March 11, 2014. Kim said that during the Korean War, his older sister and older brother went to Pyongyang to find their uncle. He said that he thought his sister was dead, but he was able to see her again thanks to the family reunions. "I never understood what it meant to be a war-torn family member until I heard my sister was alive [and] looking for me. I just didn't know where to start. I feel like I didn't get to even ask how she was doing. I thought my older sister was dead, so I burned pictures and everything else that reminded me of her. If I had known she was alive, I would've given her some baby pictures of us together,? Kim said. The latest family reunion for those separated in North and South Korea was held on February 20-25 at the Mount Kumgang resort just north of the border and a total of 813 family members met in tears and joy. On March 17, a report on North Korea will be presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. Picture taken March 11, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: SOCIETY CONFLICT)
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March 16, 2014
A combination photo shows (L) Jeon Ho-yeon, 82, who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean...
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A combination photo shows Jeon Ho-yeon, 82, posing at his house in Yangju and holding a paper bearing...
A combination photo shows (L) Jeon Ho-yeon, 82, who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean reunion for families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War, posing at his house in Yangju March 9, 2014 and (R) holding a paper bearing the dates of his parents' death written by his brother living in the North. Jeon said that he came to Seoul to study in 1942, when he was 12 years old. He said that he thought that the two Koreas would reunify two or three years after they split, but he ended up waiting over 70 years to see his family again. Jeon said that he told his nephew at the reunion: ?Take good care of your father. I think the two Koreas will reunify soon, so let us meet again.'? The latest family reunion for those separated in North and South Korea was held on February 20-25 at the Mount Kumgang resort just north of the border and a total of 813 family members met in tears and joy. On March 17, a report on North Korea will be presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. Pictures taken March 9, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: SOCIETY CONFLICT)

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March 16, 2014
Jeon Ho-yeon, 82, who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean reunion for families separated...
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Jeon Ho-yeon, who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean reunion for families separated...
Jeon Ho-yeon, 82, who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean reunion for families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War poses at his house in Yangju March 9, 2014. Jeon said that he came to Seoul to study in 1942, when he was 12 years old. He said that he thought that the two Koreas would reunify two or three years after they split, but he ended up waiting over 70 years to see his family again. Jeon said that he told his nephew at the reunion: ?Take good care of your father. I think the two Koreas will reunify soon, so let us meet again.'? The latest family reunion for those separated in North and South Korea was held on February 20-25 at the Mount Kumgang resort just north of the border and a total of 813 family members met in tears and joy. On March 17, a report on North Korea will be presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. Picture taken March 9, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: SOCIETY CONFLICT)
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March 16, 2014
Jeon Ho-yeon, 82, who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean reunion for families separated...
Yangju, South Korea
Jeon Ho-yeon who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean reunion for families separated...
Jeon Ho-yeon, 82, who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean reunion for families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War holds a paper bearing the dates of his parents' death written by his brother living in the North, at his house in Yangju March 9, 2014. Jeon said that he came to Seoul to study in 1942, when he was 12 years old. He said that he thought that the two Koreas would reunify two or three years after they split, but he ended up waiting over 70 years to see his family again. Jeon said that he told his nephew at the reunion: ?Take good care of your father. I think the two Koreas will reunify soon, so let us meet again.'? The latest family reunion for those separated in North and South Korea was held on February 20-25 at the Mount Kumgang resort just north of the border and a total of 813 family members met in tears and joy. On March 17, a report on North Korea will be presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. Picture taken March 9, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: SOCIETY CONFLICT)
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March 16, 2014
A combination photo shows (L) Jang Choon, 82, who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean...
Namyangju, South Korea
A combination photo shows Jang Choon posing at his house in Namyangju and holding an old picture of his...
A combination photo shows (L) Jang Choon, 82, who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean reunion for families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War posing at his house in Namyangju March 9, 2014 and (R) holding an old picture of his youngest brother Jang Ha-choon. Jang Choon said that he fought during the Korean War for the North Korean People?s Army but then he became a prisoner of war in the South, and he chose to stay there. He said that his brothers and sisters received a note saying that he had died in the war. ?They were holding ancestral rituals for me,? said Jang. ?Words cannot express how happy I was to meet them again in 60 years." Jang said that the last words he shared with his family during the reunion were: "Please stay healthy until the day we meet again. Let us meet again to talk more. Please stay alive for a long, long time." He said that then they sang a song titled "Spring in My Hometown" and cried before parting ways. The latest family reunion for those separated in North and South Korea was held on February 20-25 at the Mount Kumgang resort just north of the border and a total of 813 family members met in tears and joy. On March 17, a report on North Korea will be presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. Pictures taken March 9, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: SOCIETY CONFLICT)

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Jang Choon, 82, who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean reunion for families separated...
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Jang Choon, who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean reunion for families separated...
Jang Choon, 82, who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean reunion for families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War poses at his house in Namyangju March 9, 2014. Jang Choon said that he fought during the Korean War for the North Korean People?s Army but then he became a prisoner of war in the South, and he chose to stay there. He said that his brothers and sisters received a note saying that he had died in the war. ?They were holding ancestral rituals for me,? said Jang. ?Words cannot express how happy I was to meet them again in 60 years." Jang said that the last words he shared with his family during the reunion were: "Please stay healthy until the day we meet again. Let us meet again to talk more. Please stay alive for a long, long time." He said that then they sang a song titled "Spring in My Hometown" and cried before parting ways. The latest family reunion for those separated in North and South Korea was held on February 20-25 at the Mount Kumgang resort just north of the border and a total of 813 family members met in tears and joy. On March 17, a report on North Korea will be presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. Picture taken March 9, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: SOCIETY CONFLICT)
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March 16, 2014
Jang Choon, 82, who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean reunion for families separated...
Namyangju, South Korea
Jang Choon, who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean reunion for families separated...
Jang Choon, 82, who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean reunion for families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War holds an old picture of his youngest brother Jang Ha-choon at his house in Namyangju March 9, 2014. Jang Choon said that he fought during the Korean War for the North Korean People?s Army but then he became a prisoner of war in the South, and he chose to stay there. He said that his brothers and sisters received a note saying that he had died in the war. ?They were holding ancestral rituals for me,? said Jang. ?Words cannot express how happy I was to meet them again in 60 years." Jang said that the last words he shared with his family during the reunion were: "Please stay healthy until the day we meet again. Let us meet again to talk more. Please stay alive for a long, long time." He said that then they sang a song titled "Spring in My Hometown" and cried before parting ways. The latest family reunion for those separated in North and South Korea was held on February 20-25 at the Mount Kumgang resort just north of the border and a total of 813 family members met in tears and joy. On March 17, a report on North Korea will be presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. Picture taken March 9, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: SOCIETY CONFLICT)
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March 16, 2014
A combination photo shows (L) Kim Myeong-do, 92, who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean...
Yongin, South Korea
A combination photo shows Kim Myeong-do posing at his house in Yongin and holding a picture taken during...
A combination photo shows (L) Kim Myeong-do, 92, who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean reunion for families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War, posing at his house in Yongin March 11, 2014 and (R) holding a picture taken during the reunion with his younger brother living in the North. Kim said he used to be an elementary school teacher in North Korea but he came to Seoul when he was 21 to go to college. After the war broke out, he had to settle down in the South and was separated from his family. Kim said the last words he shared with his family at the reunion were: "Someday the two Koreas will reunify. This [division] won't last forever. I don't know when but shouldn't the Koreans live together as one people? Isn't that the only hope we can look to as we live on?" The latest family reunion for those separated in North and South Korea was held on February 20-25 at the Mount Kumgang resort just north of the border and a total of 813 family members met in tears and joy. On March 17, a report on North Korea will be presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. Pictures taken March 11, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: SOCIETY CONFLICT)

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Kim Myeong-do, 92, who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean reunion for families separated...
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Kim Myeong-do who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean reunion for families separated...
Kim Myeong-do, 92, who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean reunion for families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War, poses at his house in Yongin March 11, 2014. Kim said he used to be an elementary school teacher in North Korea but he came to Seoul when he was 21 to go to college. After the war broke out, he had to settle down in the South and was separated from his family. Kim said the last words he shared with his family at the reunion were: "Someday the two Koreas will reunify. This [division] won't last forever. I don't know when but shouldn't the Koreans live together as one people? Isn't that the only hope we can look to as we live on?" The latest family reunion for those separated in North and South Korea was held on February 20-25 at the Mount Kumgang resort just north of the border and a total of 813 family members met in tears and joy. On March 17, a report on North Korea will be presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. Picture taken March 11, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: SOCIETY CONFLICT)
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March 16, 2014
Kim Myeong-do, 92, who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean reunion for families separated...
Yongin, South Korea
Kim Myeong-do who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean reunion for families separated...
Kim Myeong-do, 92, who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean reunion for families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War, holds a picture taken during the reunion with his younger brother living in the North at his house in Yongin March 11, 2014. Kim said he used to be an elementary school teacher in North Korea but he came to Seoul when he was 21 to go to college. After the war broke out, he had to settle down in the South and was separated from his family. Kim said the last words he shared with his family at the reunion were: "Someday the two Koreas will reunify. This [division] won't last forever. I don't know when but shouldn't the Koreans live together as one people? Isn't that the only hope we can look to as we live on?" The latest family reunion for those separated in North and South Korea was held on February 20-25 at the Mount Kumgang resort just north of the border and a total of 813 family members met in tears and joy. On March 17, a report on North Korea will be presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. Picture taken March 11, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: CONFLICT SOCIETY)
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March 16, 2014
A combination photo shows (L) Kang Neung-hwan, 93, who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean...
Seoul, South Korea
A combination photo shows Kang Neung-hwan posing at his house in Seoul and holding a picture taken during...
A combination photo shows (L) Kang Neung-hwan, 93, who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean reunion for families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War posing at his house in Seoul March 3, 2014 and (R) holding a picture taken during the reunion with his son living in North Korea. Kang said that during the war he was separated from his family and his wife, just four months after they were married. He didn?t know at the time that she was pregnant. Kang said he later heard that his wife and parents passed away in North Korea. Kang said: "I had never seen my son, but the first time I saw him at the reunions I immediately knew who he was. I was heartbroken. I believe that one day the two Koreas will reunify. My son, please stay healthy and wait for me until that day comes. Let us meet again soon." The latest family reunion for those separated in North and South Korea was held on February 20-25 at the Mount Kumgang resort just north of the border and a total of 813 family members met in tears and joy. On March 17 a report on North Korea will be presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. Pictures taken March 3, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: SOCIETY CONFLICT)

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Kang Neung-hwan, 93, who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean reunion for families...
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Kang Neung-hwan who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean reunion for families separated...
Kang Neung-hwan, 93, who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean reunion for families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War poses at his house in Seoul March 3, 2014. Kang said that during the war he was separated from his family and his wife, just four months after they were married. He didn?t know at the time that she was pregnant. Kang said he later heard that his wife and parents passed away in North Korea. Kang said "I had never seen my son, but the first time I saw him at the reunions I immediately knew who he was. I was heartbroken. I believe that one day the two Koreas will reunify. My son, please stay healthy and wait for me until that day comes. Let us meet again soon." The latest family reunion for those separated in North and South Korea was held on February 20-25 at the Mount Kumgang resort just north of the border and a total of 813 family members met in tears and joy. On March 17, a report on North Korea will be presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. Picture taken March 3, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: SOCIETY CONFLICT)
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Kang Neung-hwan, 93, who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean reunion for families...
Seoul, South Korea
Kang Neung-hwan, who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean reunion for families separated...
Kang Neung-hwan, 93, who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean reunion for families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War holds a picture taken during the reunion with his son living in North Korea at his house in Seoul March 3, 2014. Kang said that during the war he was separated from his family and his wife, just four months after they were married. He didn?t know at the time that she was pregnant. Kang said he later heard that his wife and parents passed away in North Korea. Kang said "I had never seen my son, but the first time I saw him at the reunions I immediately knew who he was. I was heartbroken. I believe that one day the two Koreas will reunify. My son, please stay healthy and wait for me until that day comes. Let us meet again soon." The latest family reunion for those separated in North and South Korea was held on February 20-25 at the Mount Kumgang resort just north of the border and a total of 813 family members met in tears and joy. On March 17, a report on North Korea will be presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. Pictures taken March 3, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: SOCIETY CONFLICT)
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March 16, 2014
A combination photo shows (L) Kim Sun-yeon, 80, who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean...
Seoul, South Korea
A combination photo shows Kim Sun-yeon posing at her house in Seoul and holding a picture of her older...
A combination photo shows (L) Kim Sun-yeon, 80, who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean reunion for families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War posing at her house in Seoul March 4, 2014 and (R) holding a picture of her older sister who died last year, which was given to her by her nephew from North Korea. Kim said that during the war, when her family left their hometown to seek refuge, her big sister went missing and her mother died. At the recent family reunion she met her big sister?s son. Kim said: "The North Korean People's Army killed a lot of people during the war, so I thought my sister died as well. But last year when I registered for the family reunions, I found out that she was alive. If the reunions had taken place last year in September like they were supposed to, I could've met my sister. But the reunions were postponed to this February and my sister died in the past few months. I have so many things I want to tell her but I can't anymore." The latest family reunion for those separated in North and South Korea was held on February 20-25 at the Mount Kumgang resort just north of the border and a total of 813 family members met in tears and joy. On March 17, a report on North Korea will be presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. Pictures taken March 4, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: SOCIETY CONFLICT)

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March 16, 2014
Kim Sun-yeon, 80, who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean reunion for families separated...
Seoul, South Korea
Kim Sun-yeon who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean reunion for families separated...
Kim Sun-yeon, 80, who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean reunion for families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War, poses at her house in Seoul March 4, 2014. Kim said that during the war, when her family left their hometown to seek refuge, her big sister went missing and her mother died. At the recent family reunion she met her big sister?s son. Kim said: "The North Korean People's Army killed a lot of people during the war, so I thought my sister died as well. But last year when I registered for the family reunions, I found out that she was alive. If the reunions had taken place last year in September like they were supposed to, I could've met my sister. But the reunions were postponed to this February and my sister died in the past few months. I have so many things I want to tell her but I can't anymore." The latest family reunion for those separated in North and South Korea was held on February 20-25 at the Mount Kumgang resort just north of the border and a total of 813 family members met in tears and joy. On March 17, a report on North Korea will be presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. Picture taken March 4, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: SOCIETY CONFLICT)
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March 16, 2014
Kim Sun-yeon, 80, who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean reunion for families separated...
Seoul, South Korea
Kim Sun-yeon, who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean reunion for families separated...
Kim Sun-yeon, 80, who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean reunion for families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War, holds a picture of her older sister who died last year, which was given to her by her nephew from North Korea, at her house in Seoul March 4, 2014. Kim said that during the war, when her family left their hometown to seek refuge, her big sister went missing and her mother died. At the recent family reunion she met her big sister?s son. Kim said: "The North Korean People's Army killed a lot of people during the war, so I thought my sister died as well. But last year when I registered for the family reunions, I found out that she was alive. If the reunions had taken place last year in September like they were supposed to, I could've met my sister. But the reunions were postponed to this February and my sister died in the past few months. I have so many things I want to tell her but I can't anymore." The latest family reunion for those separated in North and South Korea was held on February 20-25 at the Mount Kumgang resort just north of the border and a total of 813 family members met in tears and joy. On March 17, a report on North Korea will be presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. Picture taken March 4, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: SOCIETY CONFLICT)
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March 16, 2014
A combination photo shows (L) Oh Dae-keun, 60, who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean...
Seoul, South Korea
A combination photo shows Oh Dae-keun posing at his office in Seoul and holding a reunion application...
A combination photo shows (L) Oh Dae-keun, 60, who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean reunion for families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War posing at his office in Seoul March 13, 2014 and (R) holding a reunion application form showing his older brother's photo. Oh said: "At the family reunions this year, I met my older brother who I was separated from even before I was born. My brother fought in the war as a volunteer when he was 17. He secretly joined the South Korean army without telling our family so naturally we all thought he was dead in the war when he disappeared. After the war was over, we missed him dearly and waited for him for several years. We didn't even know he had gone over to North Korea. If we knew he had, we would've registered for the family reunions.? Asked if he had any regrets, Oh said: ?I wish I could?ve met my brother a few years earlier since he isn?t in good condition right now.? He said he wrote down his brother?s address, hoping to be able to send him letters. The latest family reunion for those separated in North and South Korea was held on February 20-25 at the Mount Kumgang resort just north of the border and a total of 813 family members met in tears and joy. On March 17, a report on North Korea will be presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. Pictures taken March 13, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: SOCIETY CONFLICT)

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March 16, 2014
Oh Dae-keun, 60, who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean reunion for families separated...
Seoul, South Korea
Oh Dae-keun, who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean reunion for families separated...
Oh Dae-keun, 60, who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean reunion for families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War, poses at his office in Seoul March 13, 2014. Oh said: "At the family reunions this year, I met my older brother who I was separated from even before I was born. My brother fought in the war as a volunteer when he was 17. He secretly joined the South Korean army without telling our family so naturally we all thought he was dead in the war when he disappeared. After the war was over, we missed him dearly and waited for him for several years. We didn't even know he had gone over to North Korea. If we knew he had, we would've registered for the family reunions.? Asked if he had any regrets, Oh said: ?I wish I could?ve met my brother a few years earlier since he isn?t in good condition right now.? He said he wrote down his brother?s address, hoping to be able to send him letters. The latest family reunion for those separated in North and South Korea was held on February 20-25 at the Mount Kumgang resort just north of the border and a total of 813 family members met in tears and joy. On March 17, a report on North Korea will be presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. Picture taken March 13, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: SOCIETY CONFLICT)
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March 16, 2014
Oh Dae-keun, 60, who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean reunion for families separated...
Seoul, South Korea
Oh Dae-keun, who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean reunion for families separated...
Oh Dae-keun, 60, who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean reunion for families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War, holds a reunion application form showing his older brother's photo at his office in Seoul March 13, 2014. Oh said: "At the family reunions this year, I met my older brother who I was separated from even before I was born. My brother fought in the war as a volunteer when he was 17. He secretly joined the South Korean army without telling our family so naturally we all thought he was dead in the war when he disappeared. After the war was over, we missed him dearly and waited for him for several years. We didn't even know he had gone over to North Korea. If we knew he had, we would've registered for the family reunions.? Asked if he had any regrets, Oh said: ?I wish I could?ve met my brother a few years earlier since he isn?t in good condition right now.? He said he wrote down his brother?s address, hoping to be able to send him letters. The latest family reunion for those separated in North and South Korea was held on February 20-25 at the Mount Kumgang resort just north of the border and a total of 813 family members met in tears and joy. On March 17, a report on North Korea will be presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. Picture taken March 13, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: SOCIETY CONFLICT)
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March 16, 2014
A combination photo shows (L) Ma Soo-il, 83, who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean...
DONGDUCHEON, South Korea
A combination photo shows Ma Soo-il posing at his house in Dongducheon and holding an old picture of...
A combination photo shows (L) Ma Soo-il, 83, who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean reunion for families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War posing at his house in Dongducheon March 9, 2014 and (R) holding an old picture of his younger sister who died in North Korea three years ago. Ma said he left home when he was 20 to seek refuge and he ended up separated from his family. Ma said: "I didn't know my younger sister was alive until I was selected for the family reunions. I only vaguely thought she'd be alive since she was five years younger than me. But when I was selected for the reunions, I found out that she passed away three years ago. There were families who met each other 10 years ago at the reunions, and how I wish I could've met my sister then.? The latest family reunion for those separated in North and South Korea was held on February 20-25 at the Mount Kumgang resort just north of the border and a total of 813 family members met in tears and joy. On March 17, a report on North Korea will be presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. Pictures taken March 9, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: SOCIETY CONFLICT)

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March 16, 2014
Ma Soo-il, 83, who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean reunion for families separated...
DONGDUCHEON, South Korea
Ma Soo-il, 83, who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean reunion for families separated...
Ma Soo-il, 83, who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean reunion for families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War poses at his house in Dongducheon March 9, 2014. Ma said he left home when he was 20 to seek refuge and he ended up separated from his family. Ma said: "I didn't know my younger sister was alive until I was selected for the family reunions. I only vaguely thought she'd be alive since she was five years younger than me. But when I was selected for the reunions, I found out that she passed away three years ago. There were families who met each other 10 years ago at the reunions, and how I wish I could've met my sister then.? The latest family reunion for those separated in North and South Korea was held on February 20-25 at the Mount Kumgang resort just north of the border and a total of 813 family members met in tears and joy. On March 17, a report on North Korea will be presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. Picture taken March 9, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: SOCIETY CONFLICT)
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March 16, 2014
Ma Soo-il, 83, who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean reunion for families separated...
DONGDUCHEON, South Korea
Ma Soo-il, who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean reunion for families separated...
Ma Soo-il, 83, who was one of the participants in the latest inter-Korean reunion for families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War, holds an old picture of his younger sister at his house in Dongducheon March 9, 2014, who died in North Korea three years ago. Ma said he left home when he was 20 to seek refuge and he ended up separated from his family. Ma said: "I didn't know my younger sister was alive until I was selected for the family reunions. I only vaguely thought she'd be alive since she was five years younger than me. But when I was selected for the reunions, I found out that she passed away three years ago. There were families who met each other 10 years ago at the reunions, and how I wish I could've met my sister then.? The latest family reunion for those separated in North and South Korea was held on February 20-25 at the Mount Kumgang resort just north of the border and a total of 813 family members met in tears and joy. On March 17, a report on North Korea will be presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. Picture taken March 9, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: SOCIETY CONFLICT)
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