A male kotchebi looking for something useful at a garbage dump near an apartment. March 2013, in Pyongson City, South Pyongan Province(ASIAPRESS)

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Kim Jong-un visited a newly established large-scale orphanage. He and other government officials thoughtlessly entered the room without taking off shoes. The picture was on the front page of RodongSinmun on 2 January 2015.


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