'I WANT to go home. That's all I want,' says Kim In-suh, who spends his days bedridden after a stroke paralysed his left side. Kim, 71, is one of about 40 political prisoners who have lived behind bars for more than 30 years in South Korea. Going home is his last wish before he dies. Unfortunately, 'home' has become fenced behind 240 kilometres of barbed wire. Kim is from the Pyong-ahn province in North Korea and came to South Korea as a soldier in the North Korean Army during the Korean War more than 40 years ago. He was taken prisoner when his platoon was cut off, and being left on the wrong side of the demilitarised zone, Kim spent half of his life in a cold prison cell. He was 23 when he went in, 65 when he left. Kim spent so many years in prison because he refused to denounce communist ideology. Kim and two others, Kim Young-tae and Ham Se-hwan, have been sending out letters, meeting human rights groups, and appealing to international organisations to help them go North. According to Reverend Shin Sung-min at the National Council of Churches in Korea, most POWs and North Korean spies yearn to return home, but dare not voice their wishes for fear of being locked up again. 'I am a prisoner of war,' Kim said. 'Why should I be kept in South Korea under such tight surveillance? 'It is my right to be sent back with other POWs like myself,' he said. In 1992, Kim found out his family and daughters were living in Pyongyang. He has been writing to them every six months. But Kim says he would like to spend the little life he has left with his family. 'The day I came out of prison, I felt desperate,' Kim said. 'No family, no friends, no roots. This is not my home,' he said. Kim made ends meet by working on construction sites and with help from human rights groups. But a month ago he suffered a stroke, and the thought of dying without seeing his family again pains Kim every day. 'He should be sent back,' said Mr Shin. 'This is a purely humanitarian cause, and his case could perhaps be an opportunity for North and South Korea to start solving the problem of families separated by the war.' North Korea's Red Cross requested Kim's repatriation as well, but the request was also turned down. Then the North suggested the South allow a medical team and Kim's daughters to visit him. 'We can't respond to every request by the North,' an official at the Ministry of Unification said. 'We need to work these problems out through the two Red Crosses, and we can do that as soon as North Korea signs a document. 'Besides Kim In-suh is a South Korean citizen now,' the official said. But Kim is not convinced. 'I never beat or killed anyone. I'm just a prisoner of war. It's never too late. 'I'm 71 and I hope they will send me back to my family.'