Lee Keum-seom was separated from her son Ri Sang-chol during the Korean War. The devastated mom was forced to be without him for decades as the divide between North and South Korea stood strong. But after 68 years, the 92-year-old saw a face that she could never forget.
During the Korean War, many families fled to the south. Among them were Lee, her husband and their four-year-old son, Ri. Lee made it to the Korean Demilitarized Zone, but tragically Ri was left behind and had to remain on the north side.
Lee’s husband stayed with their little boy, and the family were unable to see each other. But although their story is a tragic one, it’s also extremely common. In fact, there are thought to be hundreds of thousands of family members who were separated because of the Korean War.