By Maggie Breen
century been colonized by outside forces and whose people have been under the power of external and internal oppressors. Yet those we have met remain a beautiful and generous people - eager to share their stories and find peace.
The majority yearn for reunification and those we have met identify themselves as Korean, not South Korean. Look here (www.peacetrain2013.org) for information on the Peace Train, a pilgrimage that travelled from Berlin, a city unified, to Busan for the assembly. Ten million families were separated in the division of this country, and the majority of these have never been able to find each other. Some of the younger Koreans that I have spoken to are less hopeful of reunification. They see two entities becoming more and more distant and unconnected as time goes by.
This is a beautiful land with a rich and important history. The people need the international community to hear their stories and to stand with them as they seek a just peace for this part of creation. This assembly is clear in the claim that peace is not the absence of war but wholeness of life for all people. Koreans want a just peace in their land.
This weekend we visited Gwangu, the city credited with inspiring the democratization process that took hold in this country in the 1980's. I will tell you more about it in my next blog...
With love and hope for peace,