The Korean War (1950-1953) was devastating. It pitted military forces from the United States, South Korea, and 16 other countries against North Korean and Chinese combatants. Three years of fighting took a horrific human toll – the deaths of 3 million civilians and nearly 1.5 million combatants. It decimated Korea’s natural and social infrastructure and left 10 million Koreans separated from family members for over half a century. The hostilities from this war persist today because the fighting ended in an armistice agreement, not a peace treaty. A legacy of this six decades of unremitting animosity prevents the reunion of tens of thousands Korean Americans separated from relatives in North Korea and keeps the United States and especially North Korea perpetually at the brink of war.
The new film, Memory of Forgotten War (ww.mufilms.org), brings these concerns to light and asks audiences to stand for an end to the Korean War by participating in a photo campaign. With each new portrait, the call for a peace agreement to replace the armistice agreement grows louder and stronger.
Begun in collaboration with HOBAK (Hella Organized Bay Area Koreans) at the world premiere of Memory of Forgotten War at CAAMFest 2013 in San Francisco, this photo blog is now partnering with KAPM (Korean Alliance of Progressive Movements, South Korea), Eclipse Rising (www.eclipserising.blogspot.com) and Nodutdol for Korean Community Development (www.nodutdol.org) each of whom has begun their own photo campaign to end the Korean War. Our Peace in Korea blog embraces this international and domestic solidarity and aims to create a sea of faces calling for an end to the longest war in U.S. history.
We welcome the participation of other groups who share this objective, and also welcome individuals who would like to submit their photographs directly to our site. If you’re interested in participating please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or feel free to submit your photo by hitting the “submit” button on this site. Thank you!