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Koreas hold new round of reunions for war-separated families

Updated: 2014-02-25 03:45:47 KST
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A truck full of suitcases arrives at the Mount Kumgang resort.
These are the gifts that the South Korean divided family members have prepared for their families in the North.
Three pieces of luggage filled with daily necessities like clothes, canned foods and underwear, for a long-lost brother and his family is not enough for the family members who have been separated for more than six decades.


"We prepared the gifts with the hope that they will be useful. We were clueless on what our brother needed."
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The gifts are intended for family members that are over the age of 80, but cookies, candies and chocolates are a must.


"My son bought two bags of candies, saying these are rare in North Korea. I wanted to bring more."


Following Monday's closed-door individual meetings, the atmosphere at the group luncheon picked up noticeably.
A daughter cuts up a slice of cake for her elderly father and two sisters happily feed each other spoonfuls of food.
Toasts to the health and happiness of the families are heard at various tables.
But sadness lingered since the family members know that this meal will probably be their final chance to dine together.


"Let us meet in afterlife, since we can't meet again in our lifetime."

"I want to meet in our lifetime. What is the use of meeting in afterlife."


The families will hold a farewell meeting for an hour on Tuesday morning, before they go their separate ways.
Hwang Sung-hee, Arirang News.


Reporter : ssung86@arirang.co.kr

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