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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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