Watch this heart wrenching video of South Koreans preparing to reunite with estranged counterparts in North Korea

Thursday, 20 February 2014 - 7:50pm IST | Agency: AFP

A group of 82 elderly, frail South Koreans, two of them in ambulances, left for the North Korean border on Thursday to attend the first reunion in more than three years for families divided by the Korean War. Ten coaches, with half a dozen police vehicles as escorts, left the eastern port city of Sokcho for the heavily-militarised border 50 kilometres away. More than a dozen were in wheelchairs and needed help boarding the buses, which they shared with 58 family members, brought along for physical as well as emotional support. After crossing the world's last major Cold War frontier, there was another 30-kilometre drive to a resort on Mount Kumgang -- the venue for the emotional reunion with 180 North Korean relatives they have not seen for more than 60 years.