19 October, 2020

Korea Border Diary

In Outlook this week, a diary from the De-Militarised Zone.

Illustration by Saahil
Korea Border Diary
The De-Militarised Tunnels

The De-Militarised Zone is an oxymoron. About 50 km north of Seoul, the DMZ is a 4 km buffer between the two Koreas—the north of three generations of dictator Kims and a Yankee capitalist south. No doubt, this is the most militarised zone in the world. An outcome of the 1953 agreement that stopped the Korean War, the armistice stands its ground and that, technically, makes this the longest unfinished war, separating millions of families, creating opposite worlds on both sides of the 38th Parallel. The two worlds exist amidst tension, propaganda, rhetoric—fermenting within a common language, race and kimchi.

Not far from the DMZ is the “Third Tunnel of Aggression”, one of the four known tunnels between the Koreas. The South says North Koreans dug these with the intent to invade. The North says it was trying to mine coal. The South claims that the 1.6-km third tunnel could have transported 30,000 troops in...



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