2019.08.19 (월)

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An Obviously Avoidable Tragedy happened at last

Death from Starvation of a North Korean Female Defector and Her 5-year-old Son



On July 31, a North Korean defector and her son were found dead at an apartment in Gwanak Province, Seoul. It has been revealed that she was transported from North Korea to China via sex trafficking, and thereon was briefly sold to a Chinese man, whom she escaped from with her disabled son. Even his disability was caused by unceasingly repeated abuses of his own father during his mom's pregnancy.


Despite her efforts to settle in South Korea by herself, her son's health issues prevented her from working, and governmental aid for North Korean refugees ended after a meager 6 months. Her coworkers believed that she had returned to China, but she was found dead with her son after a few months of disappearance. Nobody knew what happened to them, but the police claimed that the condition of the bodies suggests no cause of death other than starvation. 

 

In South Korea, possessing a mobile telephone is not luxury, but a necessity of life. Without one, a person cannot identify oneself as a member of the society; this is social alienation. 


All extremely poor citizens of South Korea are suffering from this condition.

 

To commemorate and spread the news, several foundations and organizations have gathered at Gwanghwamun Plaza on August 14th placed a temporary memorial altar. The organizations have been running a signature campaign to file a petition, claiming that the Moon government must explain themselves and take responsibility for this incident. 


Many people showed interest and participated in this campaign, and various opposing-party politicians and human rights advocates visited the altar to pay respects and share their thoughts. However, the Moon government is not giving any public response about the matter, and major press companies are either not giving it enough attention, or trying to hide it.

 

The South Korean government must face the gravity of this tragedy. A social minority was starved to death, in a country that calls itself welfare society and developed nation; a nation led by a president whose slogan was To save lives, and promised a completely changeover of the nations welfare.

 

If Moon kept any of his promises, he has kept one: a complete changeover. A tragedy that South Korea, unlike North Korea, is supposed to be immune to has happened for the first time in decades. If the Moon government cares even for a fraction of what they claimed about social minorities, they must make a public response and act accordingly.


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