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In photo taken on February 22 2014 Kim SeRin sits after arriving at... News Photo 474520503Arrival,Daughter,Family,Females,Gift,Home,Horizontal,Kim Young-Sam,North Korea,Photography,Politics,Rear,Return,Reunion,Seoul,Sitting,South KoreaPhotographer ED JONESCollection: AFP 2014 AFPIn photo taken on February 22, 2014 Kim Se-Rin (R) sits after arriving at his home in Seoul after returning from a family reunion with his North Korean relatives, as his daughter Kim Young-Soon (L) unpacks gifts brought back from North Korea. Among tens of thousands of wait-listed applicants, the 85-year-old was one of just 83 South Koreans chosen to participate in a meeting of family members divided by the 1950-53 Korean War. Kim left his hometown in the North Korean county of Hwangju in December 1950 at the height of the war to join the South Korean army, without telling his parents, his brother or his two sisters. In the six decades since, he had no contact with those he left behind, not knowing whether they were alive or dead. Millions of Koreans were separated by the conflict and permanent division of the peninsula. The joy of reunion is tempered by the pain of the inevitable -- and permanent -- separation at the end. Although he knew it would be near impossible to expect answers to more than 60 years worth of questions, Kim was grateful to have finally heard how his parents died and how his other relatives lived during the years since he left. Of the 125,000 South Koreans who have applied for reunions since 1988, 57,000 have died with time rapidly running out for those on the wait list. AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)