Happy day ends years of danger for North Korean refugees

Fifty happy couples made their vows and tied the knot at a mass wedding ceremony in Seoul recently.   What made this particular one special was that each marriage involved a migrant or a North Korean refugee.  One couple had to wait 15 years and overcome personal hardship, separation and imprisonment before they could finally marry.

The event was organized by the government-run Korean Broadcasting System (KBS), the country’s largest broadcaster, to help “the marginalized in society.”  All were unable to afford to pay for their own special day primarily because the foreign partners or the refugees are finding it hard to adapt to life in South Korea, said KBS President Kim In-kyu, who officiated at the wedding.

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