On April 29, the Republic of Korea National Red Cross and the Ministry of Unification hosted events at the International Convention Center Jeju in Seogwipo to comfort those living in Jeju who have been separated from their families in North Korea since the start of the Korean War in the early 1950s.
At the event, a presentation about policies for separated families was given by Lee Gwan Se, special consultant of the Republic of Korea National Red Cross. There were also performances by the Jeju Folk Dance Company and tours to Waedolgae, Jusangjeolli Cliff, and Yeomiji Botanical Garden. The oldest person to participate in the event is Kim Ok Kyung, 84.
“As South and North relations have been strained, the reunion for separated families has not been made recently. We prepared this event in order to comfort the families and seek their understanding by explaining the government’s policies towards North Korea,” an official from the Jeju Red Cross said.
The number of individuals in South Korea separated from their families is estimated to be 81,000, among which 483 people are from Jeju. Of these, 135 were able to meet with their families who reside in North during reunion opportunities held jointly by North and South Korea over the past decade.
For more information, contact the Jeju Red Cross, 064-758-3501.
(Translated by Koh Yu Kyung)
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