Second round of inter-Korean family reunions conclude

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Seoul, Aug 26 (IANS) Elderly South Koreans headed back home on Sunday after brief, emotional meetings with their long-lost kin residing in North Korea in the second round of the inter-Korean family reunions.

More than 300 South Koreans, from 81 families, left the North’s Mount Kumgang resort, wrapping up their three-day visit for temporary reunions with their family members separated for decades after the 1950-53 Korean War, reports Yonhap News Agency.

The separated families had three hours of farewell reunions and lunch on the last day.

Many were spotted exchanging home addresses and papers with a family tree, trying to reassure themselves that they can meet again someday.

Some others took pictures together or exchanged handwritten letters to remember each other.

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Throughout the reunions, the families meet up a total of 12 times.

Last week, the first group of 89 elderly South Koreans travelled to the scenic resort for reunions.

The latest reunion event comes amid a thaw in inter-Korean relations.

It is a follow-up on an agreement their leaders reached in an April summit to address humanitarian challenges arising from decades of division caused by the Korean War.

–IANS

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