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Activists cross North-South Korean border 2015.05.28
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SOUTH Korea (南韓 ) and North Korea (北韓) have been in opposition for at least 65 years. A group of women decided to do something to help bring peaceful reconciliation to the two countries.

A group of international women activists crossed the heavily-fortified Demilitarised Zone (DMZ, 非軍事區) between North and South Korea on Sunday in what they said was a symbolic act for peace.

North and South Korea are still technically at war after the 1950-53 Korean War (韓戰) ended in a truce, not a peace treaty. Despite its name, the DMZ is one of the most heavily militarised and fortified borders in the world.

“We feel very celebratory and positive that we have created a voyage across the DMZ in peace and reconciliation,” said US activist and feminist Gloria Steinem (葛羅莉亞.斯坦能 ), honorary co-chair of the WomenCrossDMZ group, which is calling for a permanent peace treaty to replace the armistice which ended the conflict.

The group, which had initially set out to embark on a symbolic walk across the DMZ at the Panmunjom (板門店) ‘Truce Village’ (「休戰村」), instead crossed from North Korea in a bus flanked by South Korean military and police cars, at a customs area which connects to the jointly-operated Kaesong Industrial Zone (開城工業地區).

On the South Korean side, the group united with a larger group of South Korean activists, and held a rally at a pavilion just south of the DMZ.

(Reuters, 24 May 2015)


1. reconciliation (n)
    和解

2. fortified (adj)
    設防的

3. demilitarised (adj)
    非軍事化的

4. symbolic (adj)
    具象徵意義į

5. celebratory (adj)
    慶祝的

6. feminist (n)
    女性主義者





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