Last week saw North and South Korea hold two rounds of family reunions at the North’s Mount Kumgang resort. Bringing together parents, children, aunts and uncles separated by the Korean War six decades ago, these emotional events were the first of their kind since 2015.
The road to the meetings was a rocky one: reunions have a complex and tragic history, and the North had suggested as recently as last month that other issues could prompt it to withdraw its participation.
Bringing together hundreds of Koreans, both events lasted three days, allowing the families to be reunited in public, eat together, hold private meetings behind closed doors, and share photographs and gifts. The families were then separated, likely never to see each other again.
Here’s how the meetings unfolded.
All photos credit to Joint Press Corps at Mt. Geumgang