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Something totally unexpected: A prayer for reunitification.

During my visit to North Korea this summer, I did not know what to expect. And to be quite honest, I still have not grasped what I did experienced over my 11 days in the country. One of the things that everyone that comes to North Korea gets to see, is  the Joint Security Area (JSA), and the DMZ that I have mentioned in a couple of posts before. But the story I am telling now is something that never had crossed my mind.

When we arrived at the border, we got the normal “tour”, and the history lesson as told by “the victor”.

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But then the amazing thing happened. We got told that a Dutch christian group traveled around the world praying for peace, and they were given permission to come to North Korea , and do their thing. They lined up for their song, and I got my camera out. This is how it looked and sounded like.

I was of obvious reasons quite astounded by the event, and found it very cool. I really did not see that one coming. This is the lovely bunch.

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I have no idea of what the impact of allowing such events to take place in North  Korea does, but let us share an excellent story and hope that this little effort contributes to peace.

 

-Ray

 

 

 

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A kind of an apparently peaceful war zone

This is a landscape image. But not just from anywhere. It is shot inside the DMZ between North and South Korea from the northern side. Technically there is a truce (armistice agreement) between the UN and North Korea, and that means it still is (even 70 years after the conlict) an “official state of war between the sides”,  so it is special feeling being in this place. We got taken to an observation post on top of a hill, maybe an hours drive from the Joint Security Area (JSA) near Kesong / Panmunjan, and got to look a little bit over the DMZ. The DMZ have a 2 km side that the North have, then you have the demarkation line, and then 2 km of southern part of the DMZ, and then you have South Korea. From the viewpoint you could see over to South Korea, and to my big surprise I was free to take as many images that I wanted. What you can see  in the image is villages and mountain ranges in South Korea, divided by green fields. Not to be mistaken. The lush and green fields are probably full of mines, small arms and other equipment like it was told by the army officer that gave us the tour of the JSA. But still, to be one of the most militarized places in the world. It does not appear to be.

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-Ray