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  • When Will Korea Be Unified?
    [Mayor Park Won Soon’s Hope Journal 646]

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  • hen will Korea be unified?

    This year, which is already half over, marks the 70th year since Korea’s liberation from Japanese rule. Yet, even now, the relationship between South and North Korea remains cold. Conflict and opposition still hang heavy over the Korean peninsula.

    In the meantime, international female activists along with two female Nobel laureates are making small cracks in the thick wall of ice between our two countries. They are the representatives of WomenCrossDMZ, which organized a walk across the DMZ on the Korean peninsula.

    International female activists, including the delegation from WomenCrossDMZ, held the 2015 International Womens’ Peace Symposium on the 25th of this month at the multipurpose hall in Seoul City Hall, where they discussed the experiences of women working in various conflict-ridden areas around the world, including the Korean peninsula, and prayed for peace. Honorary Co-Chairwoman Gloria Steinem said, “The women’s peace march across the DMZ symbolizes not only the possibility of the reunification of the two Koreas but also the possibility of peace between women and men, different religious groups, and economic classes.”

    In my opening speech, I also offered some words of encouragement for the people who gathered there, saying “I hope this symposium for the reunification of the Korean peninsula becomes an opportunity to open a new path toward peace and reconciliation between the two Koreas.”

    I pray that peace and reunification gently dawns on the Korean peninsula like a refreshing shower on a dry field.

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