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Reunited Korean families hold final farewell

Published on Feb 22, 2014 10:58 AM
Kim Bong Hak (right) of South Korea is fed by his sister Kim Pong Oak of North Korea during a meeting at a venue in North Korean resort area of Mount Kumgang on the second day of family reunions between North and South Korea on Feb 21, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

SEOUL (AFP) - North and South Korean families held a final farewell on Saturday after they were reunited for the first time since war divided them 60 years ago, knowing they will almost certainly never be together again.

On the third and last day of their brief, emotionally-charged reunions, 80 elderly South Koreans were allowed to meet with their Northern relatives for an hour before parting ways.

The families, the first of two batches who are being allowed to meet with each other, have spent a total of 11 hours on six occasions together since Thursday, including mass meetings over meals and a private reunion without media TV cameras.

Southerner Kim Yong-Ja carried the portrait of her mother Seo Jeong-Suk, who died at the age of 90 just two weeks before the reunions, to a meeting with her sister from the North.

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