Tears as Korean mother and son reunite after 68 years

Tears as Korean mother and son reunite after 68 years

- A South Korean mother and her North Korean son reunited after being separated for 68 years

- The two became separated during the Korean War when the son was just 4

- There was a lot of catching up between the 92-year-old mother and her 71-year-old son

It was a eventful day for dozens of elderly South Koreans as they crossed the heavily fortified border into North Korea to meet temporarily with their relatives. However, the story of Lee Keum-seom

It was a tearful moment for the 92-year-old South Korean woman as she finally reunited with her 71-year-old son, Sang Chol. The two had been separated during the Korean War and became trapped either side of the demilitarized zone (DMZ) which now splits Korea.

Sang Chol was only four when he was separated from his mum, leaving him in the care of his father in North Korea, who has since passed. According to reports, the elated mother screamed his name as they hugged and burst into uncontrollable sobs.

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92-year-old woman gets emotional as she reunites with her 71-year-old son after getting separated by war

A happy Lee and her son, Sang Source: CNN

On Monday, August 20, Sang Chol sat waiting for Lee's arrival with his daughter-in-law. Lee was joined by her two daughters, who grew up in South Korea.

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They were one among the 89 lucky families selected from the more than 57,000 who had applied for the reunions, under the Panmunjom Declaration signed by South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during an historic summit earlier this year.

92-year-old woman gets emotional as she reunites with her 71-year-old son after getting separated by war

Some of the families waiting to be reunited with their families Source: CNN

Sang Chol, after the reunion, showed his mother a photo of her husband, who had been with their son when the couple became separated but has since died. Lee was all too happy to finally meet her son after 68 long years.

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