The Korean Selfie That's Become A Symbol Of Unity At The Rio Games

A Common Image

A Common Image

Perhaps this is the image more often brought to mind when one considers females in North Korea, as opposed to a happy young girl, but the Olympic Games usually provides us with a great chance to get insight we wouldn't ordinarily have the chance to witness.

A small exchange at the gymnastics recently, afforded us one of the most beautiful insights we could hope for...

From Oppostie Side Of The Line

From Oppostie Side Of The Line

While many South Koreans are vocally in support of a reunification of the two Koreas, and we can only assume that many residents of the DPRK (North Korea's official name) are too, it was up to these two youngsters to show everyone that they share more than the most fiercely protected border in the world...



Scaling The DMZ

Scaling The DMZ

Between their two countries, is the most heavily-armed border on the planet, with the strangely misleading title of the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ).

But while symbols such as this remain in the hope of reunification, perhaps it is these two young gymnasts who have gone a long way towards doing what their countries' leaders cannot; show respect and love for each other.

A Simple Selfie

A Simple Selfie

The meeting didn't go unnoticed.

This was one of many social media posts showing the two girls, happy to pose for a selfie with each other, apparently not concerned with the politics and ongoing conflict that would ordinarily see them staunchly divided.



Two Young Girls...

Two Young Girls...

The two girls chatted and laughed together (they do share a language after all) with both the South and North well-known for their skill and prowess when it comes to gymnastics.

Could it be that North Korea's Hong Un-jong and South Korea's Lee Eun-ju know a little bit more about how to treat other members of the human race than those in charge of their respective countries?