A homeless girl–a Junior High School student–using a briquette stove to warm up at a market. November 2012, in Hyesan City, Ryanggang Province (ASIAPRESS)
These pictures of “Kotchebi”, the homeless, were taken by an ASIAPRESS reporting partner after Kim Jong-un took over the regime.
The Kim Jong-un regime has implemented a type of “hiding policy”–the regime thoroughly detains both children and adult kotchebi to make it seem as if there is no homeless problem. Despite the efforts of the regime the number of kotchebi has shown no decrease, since the “incessant emergence” of kotchebi cannot be stymied because chronic poverty continues.
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Three kotchebi roam around near a market. A girl wearing a red jacket is sitting on the ground, she seems to be a Junior High School student. Next to her, there is a boy wearing a torn jacket meant for an adult. November 2012, in Hyesan City, Ryanggang Province(ASIAPRESS)
A child without legs is begging near a market. A lot of kotchebi lose their legs after being involved in an accident (since they sleep under freight cars) or they cut their legs off after being frostbitten. March 2013, in Pyongson City, South Pyongyang Province. Taken by Kim Dong-cheol (ASIAPRESS)
Related article: A toddler–roaming around a city–represents the society. Kim Jong-un thoughtlessly enters orphanages without taking off shoes.
Rodong Sinmun reported Kim Jong-un’s visit to an orphanage. It is supposed to convey his “love towards the children.” Staff and government officials seem to be moved to tears. Quoted from Rodong Sinmun in January 2015.
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