CM – Video messages from separated relatives waiting to be delivered in North Korea

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SEOUL, Dec. 21 (UPI) – Since 2005, more than 24,000 video messages have been recorded from separated families hoping to reach relatives in North Korea – but almost none have been delivered, the South Korean Unification Ministry said Tuesday.
The video letters were created in collaboration with the Red Cross, and more than 1,000 new ones were added this year, the ministry said in a statement. But North Korea has shown little interest in it – only 40 video messages have ever been exchanged between North and South, according to the Red Cross.
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SEOUL, December 21 (UPI) – Since 2005, more than 24,000 video messages have been recorded from separated families hoping to reach relatives in North Korea – but almost none have been transmitted, the South Korean Unification Ministry said on Tuesday / p> The video letters were created in collaboration with the Red Cross, and more than 1,000 new ones were added this year, the ministry said in a statement. But North Korea has shown little interest in it – only 40 video messages have ever been exchanged between North and South, according to the Red Cross.

Seoul has long pushed for family reunions to be held for family members separated by the Korean War of 1950-53, but face-to-face meetings have been held sporadically since 2000, the last being in August 2018 during a period of diplomatic engagement. </ North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in agreed to share video messages as a “priority” during their summit in Pyongyang in September 2018, but relations have deteriorated since then.

Time is not on the side of family members who are still hoping to connect with their long-lost relatives. More than 82% of those who have registered with the Red Cross to attend family reunions are over 80 years old, a full 40% over 90.

Of the 133,000 people on the Red Cross list are living according to data from the German Unification Ministry only around 47,000 left, an average of more than 10 people per day.

The video letters, thousands of which can be viewed on a ministry website, are usually around 10 minutes long and contain basic information about the separated family member , Memories of his hometown and a message to loved ones in North Korea.
Reunification Minister Lee In-young said last month that Seoul is hoping to resume family reunions for the upcoming Lunar New Year, which falls on February 1, but Pyongyang has not responded to any contact efforts > The South Korean government has also compiled DNA information from separated family members to enable future generations to identify relatives in North Korea that have been attended by more than 25,000 people to date, the ministry said.

« The production of Video messages and DNA testing projects are the best measures given the reality of North-South relations, « a ministry official told Yonhap News Agency.

« We will have enough time to prepare for video meetings when North Korea responds to our appeals this month as the two Koreas have had previous experience of holding such video-based meetings, » the official said / p> Information for unaccompanied family members about their relatives in North Korea is still scarce. In a survey conducted by the Unification Ministry earlier this month, more than 82% of respondents said they did not know whether their relatives in the north were still alive.

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