Families of abducted South Koreans call for more government action
Wednesday, July 02, 2014 - 01:42
The South Korean families of those kidnapped by North Korea express their frustration at the lack of effort from their government to bring their relatives back. Natalie Thomas reports.
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In 2006 Kim Young-Nam, and his mother Choi Kye-Wol met for the first time in 28 years
Until the early 1990's Kim's family had assumed he was dead.
He disappeared in 1978, only to turn up in North Korea.
He says he fell asleep in a row boat, drifted to the North and was rescued.
South Korea rejects this story, saying he is forced to tell it.
More than 500 South Korean civilians are thought to have been abducted and held in North Korea.
The reclusive state has also admitted to kidnapping 13 Japanese citizens in the 70's and 80's.
This is the father of Megumi Yokota, a Japanese woman who was abducted and who married Kim in the north.
North Korean officials said she later committed suicide. A fact Japan has not accepted.
After the brief meeting with this family Kim returned to the North.
Kim's sister, Kim Young-ja, says when she saw her brother she asked if he could come to the South.
But he replied "I think that would be difficult".
While the Japanese government has made the issue of its missing citizens a top priority,
Kim Young-ja says the South Korean government hasn't done enough to bring her brother home.
(SOUNDBITE) (Korean) SISTER OF SOUTH KOREAN ABDUCTEE KIM YOUNG-NAM, KIM YOUNG-JA, SAYING:
"The South Korean government does not seem to be doing anything to protect its people. It is so hard for us. There is nothing we can do, the victims, nothing."
Kim Young-ja hopes she will have one more chance to see her brother again.
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