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Connect people! Reunions of separated families in 2018 kick off with two rounds of meetings on the first day


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Participants in the reunions of separated families in 2018 (197 persons including 89 members of separated families for the first round of reunions) gathered in Sokcho, Gangwon Province on August 19 and spent the night there. The next day, they left for Mt. Geumgang in the North to meet long-lost relatives.

Upon arriving at the North Korean mountain, they had a quick lunch at Onjeonggak and pulled themselves together while taking a rest at the Mount Kumgang Hotel and the Oekumgang Hotel.

At 3 p.m., the first group meeting began at the Mount Kumgang Hotel after 70 years of waiting. By 5 p.m., 197 South Koreans and 185 North Koreans met each other again for the first time after all these decades.

Lee Su-nam, 77, met his elder brother separated since age 9; Hwang Woo-seok, 89, was reunited with his daughter separated since age 3; and Lee Geum-seom, 92, met her son separated since age 4. They held each other’s hands, asked after each other, and reminisced.

The North hosted a welcome dinner from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., and the separated family members enjoyed lively conversation while dining together.

On August 21, they will have private meetings from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and then the second group meeting will take place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.