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stephan Seo on February 29, 2008

Salute My heroes!

Ian Stehbens on March 1, 2008

Hi Seo Cheolwon (서 철 원)

I do, 철 원.

Koreans have suffered too much war and oppression, Stephan! In Australia we speak about our birds "singing" or even "carolling" but in your land where there has been so much oppression , I understand that your birds "cry". Is that true?

I my work, I seek to demonstrate and train peacebuilders. How I hope that your national heroes of the future will be those who have created and built sustainable reconciliation both within the country and also on the Peninsula and between nations. I pray for that Stephan. May your heroes be honoured and in future may the new heroes be less those who have been sacrificed by war and oppression, and more those who have been able to create and sustain peace.


stephan Seo on March 2, 2008

Dear Ian,

Thank you very much for your thoughtful concern on Korean peninsular. Yes! That is ture. I would rather unsung bird than crying bird. Korean War was a time of turmoil in our nation, from 1950-1953. During this period, families, friends, and loved ones were separated or parted, and Millions suffered and died. But despite people's hardships and adversities, many persevered. Through their trials they accomplished great and extraordinary deeds that they might never have realized had they not been put to the test. Sadly, for some, their lives would end before they could completely fulfill their dreams.

The lives of a few of the noble and brave are presented here, along with sources that may be of interest for more in-depth study. Tributes to the common soldier, valiant unsung heroes, and veterans are also included that they will not be forgotten. It is my hope that the spirit of the countless heroic souls who fought or contributed significantly in Korea War will live on throughout the ages.

As you mentined that we koreans have to reach a perfect reconciliation both sides. There are many obstacles and difficulties for peace and harmony. Look at North Korea!I never visit to North Korea since I was born this land.I couldnt go there even though what I want to do. That is an obvious fact in Korean situation. We ordinary people cant change it though North Korean starvation, groan under tyranny etc.It was a huge pain to Koreans .How can I say on it. So flankly speaking, How I couldn`t express on it. Thank to your warm support,anywat,I could say to do for united Korea even though long term process.

Best Regards, Stephan

P.S: What does mean by peacebuilder? IS it a NGO?

Zafer Pekdemir on March 31, 2013

nice photo from s. korea LIKE

greetings from Turkey

Ian Stehbens on August 10, 2013

Thank you, zaher. I have been away and spent some special time in Turkey and loved being there. I am pleased that you have appreciated this photo of this military memorial in South Korea, testimony to the sadness of human history in which we resort to violence, again and again. May there one day be reconciliation of the Korean people.


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Photo taken in Sadang 2(i)-dong, Dongjak-gu, Seoul, South Korea

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