On the edge of the DMZ: Spotlight on life near fortified Demilitarised Zone

The upcoming inter-Korea summit has cast a spotlight on life near heavily fortified Demilitarised Zone. South Korea correspondent Chang May Choon reports from the DMZ.

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The Straits Times South Korea Correspondent Chang May Choon visits Reunification Village, located about 5km from the Demilitarised Zone separating the two Koreas, to find out what it is like living so close to the heavily-guarded border.
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Madam Kim Young Boon, 70, vividly remembers the early days when she first moved into a village near the inter-Korean border in the 1970s.

"It was very scary because of the loud North Korean propaganda broadcasts, so the men would take turns to guard our village every night. We had evacuation and shooting drills, and would even practise running away with sacks of rice on our backs," she recalled.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 17, 2018, with the headline On the edge of the DMZ: Spotlight on life near fortified Demilitarised Zone. Subscribe