Photo captions: 1) Gu Sang-yeon, 98, travelled from South Korea to meet his daughters for the first time in over 60 years (Getty Images). 2) Jeremy and Elma Reynalds.
Second Korean Family Reunion in North
By Jeremy Reynalds, Senior Correspondent, ASSIST News Service (email@example.com)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (ANS — October 25, 2015) — A group of mainly elderly South Koreans have met relatives in the North, in the second of two organized reunions for family members separated by the 1950-53 Korean War.
According to a story by the BBC, about 250 people have been allowed to travel from the south for three days of meetings at Mount Kumgang resort.
Another group attended reunions earlier this week.
For most of those attending it is the first time that they have had any contact in over 60 years.
Millions of people ended up separated from loved ones by the physical division of the Korean peninsula.
The reunions taking place this week, the BBC said, are only the second round in the past five years.
One of those traveling to the resort was the mother of a man who South Korea said was abducted by the North in 1972.
The South Koreans were chosen using a computerized lottery system from among thousands who applied.
Often accompanied by family members, they traveled in a convoy of buses from South Korea to meet their relatives.
Given their age and the infrequent nature of these reunions, the BBC said they are unlikely to ever see each other again.
About the writer: Jeremy Reynalds is Senior Correspondent for the ASSIST News Service, a freelance writer and also the founder and CEO of Joy Junction, New Mexico’s largest emergency homeless shelter, www.joyjunction.org. He has a master’s degree in communication from the University of New Mexico, and a Ph.D. in intercultural education from Biola University in Los Angeles. His newest book is “From Destitute to Ph.D.” Additional details on “From Destitute to Ph.D.” are available at www.myhomelessjourney.com. Reynalds lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico with his wife, Elma. For more information contact: Jeremy Reynalds at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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