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Families prepare ahead of the reunions

81 year old Jang Choon reads a letter from his long lost brother in North Korea who he's preparing to meet for the first time. Jang is one of 84 South Koreans chosen at random to attend a cross border family reunion- in which families torn apart by the 1950-53 Korean War are allowed to meet for a brief period at a resort in the North. Of the some 128,000 people from separated families just over 50% are still alive. (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) 81-YEAR-OLD JANG CHOON SAYING: "I swore to myself, 'I must not die before I meet them (siblings). I must endure whatever pain comes my way.'" Families separated by the world's most heavily fortified border cannot travel, write or even call each other. And although the two Koreas have bee holding the reunions since 2000, they are in no way guaranteed. A reunion scheduled for September of 2013 was cancelled at the last minute by the North dashing the hopes families in both countries. 86 year Hong Sing-ja was

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