Korean Families Reunite at Long Last at N. Korean Resort
About 90 elderly South Koreans are reunited with the North Korean relatives they have been separated from for more than six decades since the war that split the peninsula in two. The relatives shared tearful embraces Monday in North Korea's Mount Kumgang tourist resort, hours after a convoy of buses crossed the border into the North. Over three days, the participants will have six face-to-face meetings with their North Korean relatives -- under the watchful eyes of North Korean agents. There have been just 20 reunions since 2000, the last one took place in October 2015. Millions of Korean families were divided by the 1950-53 Korean War. After more than 50 years of separation, many of those waiting to be reunited with their loved ones have died. Most of those surviving are over 80 years of age. Among those most desperate to reconnect with family are Korean-Americans who have never been included in the reunion process. Chahee Stanfield, the executive director of the National Coalition of Divided Families, told VOA that in 2001, there were 100,000 Korean-Americans with divided families living in the U.S. "But most of them have passed away," Stanfield said. Stanfield said the Korean-American community had high hopes for the summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in June. She said the community felt that was their "last chance for the reunion." "We prayed for the summit with our whole hearts," she said. But "it all turned out to be about the remains of the (American) soldiers, which is also very important, but it was never about us," she added. Stanfield said after the summit, U.S. officials asked the South Koreans to include the Korean-Americans in the negotiations. South Korean officials tried to have Korean-American families included in Monday's reunion, but... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Korean Families Reunite at Long Last at N. Korean Resort, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you
Published By: VOA NEWS - Monday, 20 August, 2018
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