Socks sent by balloon to North Korea

Published: 30th December 2011

Socks sent by balloon to North Korea
Activists in South Korea have taken the rather unusual step of transporting aid to their North Korean neighbours by balloon.

Socks have been attached to the inflatable devices, which were filled with gas and sent over the border by the Seoul-based aid group North Korea Peace.

The socks can then be exchanged for food in the country, with estimates suggesting that just one pair can fetch as much as ten kilograms of corn.

What has been described as a "politically innocuous" message has been strapped to the balloons by the group, which plans to send over around 1,000 pairs of socks every month.

The messages read: "The people of the world do not forget the ordeal that our North Korean brothers are undergoing. Please be alive until the day of unification."

North Korea is understood to have threatened to retaliate for the balloon launches in the past.

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