At the end of April, I travelled to Asia with a group of people that were interested in and curious about North Korea. Our experience was one of hospitality, warmth, a thirst for knowledge and even exuberant joy. Even I was surprised by the openness with which we were received.
We spent two days investing in practical work, planting over 1200 Korean nut trees to reforest a strip of forest. Together with Korean men and women, we dug holes, knelt in the dirt and hoped the rain would soon fall, giving the trees a chance to take root and grow.
I wanted to give the members of our tour group an opportunity to form their own perspective. They have now seen with their own eyes what they cannot learn from the media. We oft en heard someone exclaim: “But this is not at all what I imagined!”
My goal was surpassed, as the members of our group developed a true love for the country and its people.