» 08/29/2007, 00.00
SOUTH KOREA – AFGHANISTAN
Joseph Yun Li-sun
Korean bishop expresses joy for hostages, sense of humiliation for Taliban deal
Mgr Lazarus You Heung-sik, bishop of Taejŏn and chairman of Caritas Corea, talks to AsiaNews about the “dangerous precedent” set by the South Korean authorities in dealing directly with Islamic fundamentalists. People in South Korea feel joy that human lives were spared, but also humiliation about Protestant Churches, which have come under intense criticism in South Korean society.
03/08/2006 AFGHANISTAN SOUTH KOREA
Kabul to expel Korean evangelicals
The first group has already been sent home. Organisers express their disappointment because they say local authorities and residents were really cooperating.
14/08/2007 AFGHANISTAN – SOUTH KOREA
Two women freed by Talibans soon home
South Korean Embassy in Kabul announces early flight home. Negotiations over the other 19 hostages still held by the Talibans, 14 of whom are women, continue. Seoul and Washington call for their “immediate and unconditional” release. Ghazni governor makes an appeal.
16/06/2006 SOUTH KOREA
Christian groups claim right to manage their own schools
Under the new law, which comes into effect on July 1, one quarter of boards of directors must be named by outside groups.
31/08/2007 SOUTH KOREA – AFGHANISTAN
Final hostages freed, Korea evaluates the cost of the kidnapping
The remaining 7 hostages, kidnapped in Afghanistan in July, where freed yesterday evening. The government asks families to contribute to the payment of the ransom, while the general public attacks the Presbyterian Church responsible for having organised the mission.
16/08/2007 NORTH KOREA – SOUTH KOREA
Caritas Corea to help northern flood victims
Mgr Lazarus You Heung-sik, president of the Catholic humanitarian agency, makes the announcement. He says that his organisation is waiting for an assessment before intervening. Red Cross reports more than 220 dead and 300,000 homeless people. Mountain deforestation is the main cause for the disaster.
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