Separated Koreans denounce North-South family reunion plan as ‘cruel’

Separated Korean families have denounced the impending reunifications between relatives in the North and South of the peninsula as a cruel show amid an ongoing diplomatic détente between the nations.

The two countries this week  exchanged lists of potential candidates, that were first whittled down to 500 and then chosen in a random computer lottery. The oldest applicant is a 101-year-old man. 

There have only been 20 brief, emotional reunions since the end of the war in 1953, with the last held in 2015. About 57,000 people, most of them in their 70s or older, still crave the chance to see long-lost relatives. 

They are the last surviving remnants of millions of people who were forcibly separated…

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