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North Korean and South Korea arrange for family reunions

By Raquel Luster,

Following the Korean War and the split of North and South Korea, many lives were changed as families were split by the differing views of the governments.

According to Al Jazeera, on Wednesday officials from North and South Korea met up to arrange a reunion for separated families during the 1950-53 Korean War, to be held from Feb. 20 to Feb. 25. It will be the first in about three years, if all goes as planned.

War destroys lives and leaves big gaps to be filled. These parted families have been separated for over 60 years. They must squeeze in decades of memories in less than a week, all to be parted for an unknown amount of time afterward.

The Unification Ministry said, as reported by Bloomberg, one hundred Koreans from each country were selected for this year’s term of reunions.

The Korean War never officially ended with a peace agreement and only ended with a truce. Tension between the two sides has grown as North Korea's Kim Jong Un has tried to prove his strength in the region.

 

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