Here I am, along with several of the international guests, about to be presented to the General Assembly:
And here I am, in my 10 seconds of fame on the big screen!:
A special treat for the assembly was an address by theologian Jürgen Moltmann, who must be well into his nineties. (In German of course, with Korean translation!)
The assembly was held in Jeju this year in part to commemorate the seventieth anniversary of the Jeju 4.3 massacre, in which many of the inhabitants of Jeju were killed during the period of unrest and oppression following WWII and the division of the Korean peninsula. We heard a moving first-hand account of the events from Mrs. Ko Wan-soon, who had experienced them as a child.
Delegates also experienced a group tour of the Jeju 4.3 Peace Park, which is eerie in its silent commemoration of those who died.
Most of the bodies of those who were arrested or killed were never recovered. Every year they discover more remains. They have painstakingly set up graves for each and very one of the victims who have been identified.
I must admit that even though I had been to Jeju before, I had never of the massacre. Here's an article from last March in the Korea Times that give more details: