Separated by war, mother sees son for first time in 68 years

Posted at 10:23 AM, Aug 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-20 10:23:11-04

They became separated in the chaos of fleeing the war 68 years ago and ended up on opposite sides of the Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Korea, reports the BBC.

But on Monday, 92-year-old Lee Keum-seom of South Korea traveled across the border and got to meet and hug her son Sang Chol, now 71 himself. Both dissolved into sobs, reports CNN.

“This is a photo of my father, mom,” Sang Chol said, showing her a picture of his late father—and her former husband.

The pair were among 89 families chosen to take part in Monday’s reunion at a holiday resort in the North, a result of the summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un earlier this year.

Most of those taking part in the reunions are older than 80, making it likely that this week’s heavily supervised get-togethers will be their only reunions. Family members will get to spend a few hours each day together over three days.

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