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<Photo Report> Abandoned Elderly (PART5) The elderly Treated Useless in N.Korea, the Land of Courtesy toward the Elderly

A grandmother and her grandson, after being kicked out by her son-in-law because he couldn’t afford to feed them anymore, lived in an old air raid shelter in a suburb of Pyongyang. She told an ASIAPRESS reporting partner in North Korea, “The authority would have me detained if I get caught in a city.” June 2011, in a suburb of Pyongyang. Taken by Koo Gwang-ho (ASIAPRESS)

 

2016/Nov/07

Koreans respect the elderly, and North Koreans were not an exception.  However, during the social chaos in the late 1990s, even a number of young people died of starvation in North Korea: nowadays, the spirit of respect toward the elderly has collapsed.

“Young people regularly call me, ‘Hey old bastard, bitch, old fart’ and so on.  It’s the end of the world.  The spirit of this nation has been destroyed, and the moral sense has faded away,” said a number of old North Koreans who crossed the border into China.

Generally speaking, ethics and morality deteriorate at the country where an alarming level of poverty exists.  However, even after the severe famine ended, the “respect towards old people” has not been revived.
Related article: Abandoned Elderly (PART4) Collapsed Social Welfare System Has Left the Elderly on the Streets.

Although the famine ended, it is inevitable for people to earn money in order to feed themselves–since the food rationing and the social welfare system have been obsolete.  Seemingly, the whole society has recognized the elderly as useless. (JiroIshimaru)

An old man defected from North Korea just eight hours ago due to famine. He said, “We were better off under the Japanese occupation. (Currently,) The elderly die first in North Korea.” He kept eating food during the interview. July 1997, Jilin Province, China. Taken by JiroIshimaru (ASIAPRESS)

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