South Korean activists send sock filled balloons over the border

Published: 30th January 2012

South Korean activists send sock filled balloons over the border
Activists in South Korea have sent huge gas-filled balloons filled over the border into North Korea, AFP reports.

Each of the balloons was filled with socks and were sent to help impoverished residents to survive the harsh winters or to be exchanged or sold for food.

Around 1,000 pairs of socks were sent in five large plastic balloons from the city of Paju on Saturday January 28th, with each containing a leaflet explaining the act.

"We're not interested in sending political messages or sparking any troubles there. All we want is that people in the North wear warm socks over their frozen feet," a spokeswoman for North Korea Peace told the news agency.

She explained that socks and many other daily necessities are in short supply in North Korea and the rarity of this form of legwear means that one pair could be traded for enough corn to feed a person for a month.

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