Third Reunion Off to Tearful Start

February 26, 2001: As the third reunion of divided families began Monday in the capitals of North and South Korea, 200 people met in tears and hugs with relatives they have not seen for half a century.  …

Among the special meetings, there were some extra-special reunions. One was arranged between a 77-year-old mother and her daughter, who was kidnapped during a 1969 hijacking of a South Korean airliner.

Sung Kyong-hee, 55, was a flight attendant for Korean Air when a North Korean agent, who was posing as a passenger, hijacked the plane to North Korea. Among the 47 passengers and 4 crew attendants, the North returned 39 passengers through the truce village of Panmunjom, but kept the attendants and seven passengers, saying that they had voluntarily defected. Continue reading at The Korea JoongAng Daily.




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