Jung Ja-eun, head of the inter-Korean cooperation team at the Korean Red Cross, looks at a wall of notes left behind by international visitors and separated families inside the organisation’s video reunion room. Photo: Crystal Tai

For Korea’s divided families, the time for reunions is running out

After 68 years of separation, the number of Korean families with members on both sides of the border is dwindling fast. And as they die out, so too does the power of Kim Jong-un’s mantra ‘one blood, one people’

Topic |   North Korea

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Jung Ja-eun, head of the inter-Korean cooperation team at the Korean Red Cross, looks at a wall of notes left behind by international visitors and separated families inside the organisation’s video reunion room. Photo: Crystal Tai
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Crystal Tai

Crystal Tai

Crystal covers business trends and cultural criticism, with a special focus on Northeast Asia, for the Asia desk. Before joining the SCMP, she contributed to Quartz, i-D Magazine, Monocle, Wallpaper, Lonely Planet and other publications. Her broadcast commentary has been featured on BBC Radio, CGTN and other media.