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South and North Korean families to spend 11 hours together over three days at family reunions

Arirang News
Arirang News
다음주 이산가족 상봉... 68년만의 첫 상봉, 총 11시간 주어진다

Next week, at Mount Kumgang resort, the two Koreas will finally hold a long overdue reunion for families separated by a war that divided a nation.
Oh Jung-hee starts us off with a brief outline of what to expect... and the latest efforts by the two sides to make sure everything goes smooth for the emotional gathering.
Next Monday, the two Koreas will start their first family reunions in three years... with the mood in Seoul and Pyongyang in full support of cooperation.
The reunions are for families that were torn apart by the Korean War.
Seoul and Pyongyang agreed to hold them when officials met in June for Red Cross talks,... and they'll be held for a week at North Korea's Mount Kumgang resort.
The reunions are held in two rounds -- the first when people chosen by South Korea meet their relatives from the North,... and the second when those chosen by North Korea meet their relatives from the South.
Seoul is sending 89 people, each of whom gets to take a relative with them as a chaperone.
On Sunday, ahead of their trip, the South Koreans will all gather in the eastern city of Sokcho,... where they'll be told about the do's and don'ts while they're in the North.
After spending the night in Sokcho, they'll cross the border on Monday morning.
For three days at North Korea's Mount Kumgang, they'll have 11 hours, divided up into six sessions, to spend time with their long lost relatives -- having meals together and chatting with each other... either in a public meeting room or in their private rooms.
And their tearful reunions will come to a close on Wednesday.
The same schedule will repeat once more for the next four days -- this time, for the 83 people Pyongyang has chosen to meet their relatives from the South.
The week-long family reunions will come to an end on Sunday, August 26th.

Currently, an advance team from South Korea is at the Mount Kumgang resort working with the North Korean authorities to fine-tune the details of the reunion schedule so as to minimize the inconvenience for the participants -- most of whom are in their 80s and 90s and have difficulty moving.
Seoul says it's bringing a lot more support staff than it did for previous reunions and will be caring most of all for the participants' health and safety -- already 9 families have given up participating in the reunions... due to health problems.
Oh Jung-hee, Arirang News.

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