The North Korean state-owned media has repeatedly broadcasted Kim Jong-un visiting orphanages since the beginning of his regime in 2012. He hugged a child and patted the head with a big smile.
However, there have also been footages where Kim Jong-un acts thoughtlessly during his visit to an orphanage: smoking a cigarette and entering an orphanage without taking off shoes along with other government officials.
A child “kotchebi,” the homeless roaming around a city, is the representation of the North Korean society. Children become kotchebi after something unfortunate happened to their parents.
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Passersby on the street rarely pay attention to kotchebi. They said “How can I sympathize with them when even my life is unbearable,” and “Since I have seen too many kotchebi, I am already used to it.”
Sadly enough, the long period of difficulties that North Koreans have faced is still crippling human relations.
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