Thawing

While the volcano Mount Baekdusan is still buried in snow and the ice on its crater lake is meter deep, the icicles further south have started dripping. It’s thawing and spring is coming! At the moment it seems that this can also be said of political relations.

The angular hills on the photo below are heaps of compost and fertiliser that will be spread and ploughed on the fields as soon as it is warmer. Field workers will carefully place the kernels of corn in the earth and cover them with precise movements using a short hoe. In North Korea farming the land is still mainly manual labour.

By the time the hillsides are powdered with cherry and later azalea blossoms, many fields will be tilled. Now every one is hoping for rain that often falls only sparingly. Korea’s spring climate is seldom as wet as Switzerland’s – the dry season lasts until summer when the monsoon brings too much rain. For many, the days until the harvest of the first vegetables are long, hard working days. Often they will not even eat three meals a day. But then, what joy when they harvest the first fresh produce!

This could be seen as a symbol for the situation in Korea as well: Is not much work, much patience – and not least divine help, also in the form of “rain” – necessary for both Koreas to be reunited?

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