<Photo Report> Abandoned Elderly (PART3) Collapsed Social Welfare System Has Left the Elderly on the Streets.

An old woman is sitting on the street and selling food. Her business is not going well, and she looks exhausted. June 2013, in Hyesan City, Ryanggang Province. Taken by our Team ‘Mindeulle’ (AISAPRESS)

 

2016/Oct/3

In Japan a growing number of people have become concerned about their lives after retirement.  The problem, however, is more debilitating in North Korea where the social welfare system for the elderly is completely broken.

According to the Socialist Labor Law, 500 to 1500 Won are granted to the elderly as a retirement pension.  As of October 2016, the price of rice (1 kilogram) is around 4500 Won.  A monthly pension for the elderly is equal to only 100 to 300 grams of rice.  This has caused the elderly to continue working well into old age, taking jobs such as running businesses or farming, in order to earn cash to survive. (Paek Chang-ryong)
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An old woman is carrying a bunch of firewood into a city. She went into the mountains to cut trees. She has been dragging the Bicycle-drawn cart for more than 10 kilometers. April 2005, Chongjin City. Taken by Lee Joon (ASIAPRESS)

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