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NORTHKOREA-CHINA/BORDER-DEFECTORS
RTX5N7E6
12 Apr. 2018
Wooden crutches made by Ji Sung-ho are seen in Seoul,... more
NORTHKOREA-CHINA/BORDER-DEFECTORS
RTX5N7E6
12 Apr. 2018
Seoul, South Korea
Wooden crutches made by Ji Sung-ho are seen in Seoul, South Korea, August 13, 2017. Sung-ho is from Hoeryong, near the border with China. He left North Korea in 2006 with a pair of wooden crutches. "I lived as a child beggar in North Korea. I was stealing coals from a train when I fell off and lost my leg and my hand. I had to bring the crutches with me. If I didn't have them, I wouldn't have made it here. The state doesn't help you in North Korea, and people who need crutches make their own. Mine are therefore not factory-made, so they're not perfect and break easily. I had several pairs of crutches but they all broke, and this was the last pair. I used these crutches for 10 years, until I was 25, when I arrived in South Korea. I would steal coal from moving trains and fall off, destroying my crutches. Or I would get beaten up by the police and they'd take and then break my crutches. When they broke, I would make new ones. When I had new ones, I could go back outside. When I first arrived in South Korea I thought about throwing them out. South Korea's intelligence agency gave me a prosthetic leg. My friends said I should throw the crutches out and not think about North Korea. They said I should show Kim Jong Il I was living a new life in South Korea and throw out everything I had from the North. Some asked if I got upset when I saw my crutches. But I couldn't just throw them out. To make my crutches, my friends had given me some wood that they had bought, and someone I knew in North Korea who had carpentry skills had made them. It was my father who added the final touches. There is a lot of love from my North Korean friends and family in these crutches. So I didn't throw them out. The South Korean government gave me some new crutches because the wood from my North Korean ones is hard and painful. But I still keep them, so as not to forget those memories." REUTERS/Kim Hong-ji SEARCH "DEFECTORS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
NORTHKOREA-CHINA/BORDER-DEFECTORS
RTX5N7DI
12 Apr. 2018
Ji Sung-ho, 35, poses for a photograph in Seoul, South... more
NORTHKOREA-CHINA/BORDER-DEFECTORS
RTX5N7D8
12 Apr. 2018
A combination picture shows Ji Sung-ho, 35, (top) and... more
EUROPE-WEATHER/BELGIUM
RTX4ZBPE
28 Feb. 2018
A beggar holds a child wrapped in a blanket as they... more
EGYPT-ECONOMY/INFLATION
RTX4SN3T
8 Feb. 2018
Egyptians walk past a beggar near a mural for upcoming... more
NORTHKOREA-DEFECTOR/CRUTCHES
RTX4ML43
1 Feb. 2018
Ji Seong-ho, 35, a North Korean defector who appeared... more
BRITAIN-ROYALS-BEGGARS
RTX44HBR
4 Jan. 2018
A sleeping bag and possessions of a homeless person... more
BRITAIN-ROYALS-BEGGARS
RTX44HBE
4 Jan. 2018
Stuart, a homeless man, sits under a bus shelter where... more
BRITAIN-ROYALS-BEGGARS
RTX44HA0
4 Jan. 2018
Stuart, a homeless man, sits under a bus shelter where... more
BRITAIN-ROYALS-BEGGARS
RTX44H9X
4 Jan. 2018
Stuart, a homeless man, sits under a bus shelter where... more
BRITAIN-ROYALS-BEGGARS
RTX44H9S
4 Jan. 2018
Stuart, a homeless man, sits under a bus shelter where... more
BRITAIN-ROYALS-BEGGARS
RTX44H9D
4 Jan. 2018
Stuart, a homeless man, sits under a bus shelter where... more
BRITAIN-ROYALS-BEGGARS
RTX44H99
4 Jan. 2018
Stuart, a homeless man, sits under a bus shelter where... more
BRITAIN-ROYALS-BEGGARS
RTX44H95
4 Jan. 2018
Stuart, a homeless man, sits under a bus shelter where... more
BRITAIN-ROYALS-BEGGARS
RTX44H6N
4 Jan. 2018
Stuart, a homeless man, sits under a bus shelter where... more
BELARUS-RELIGION/
RTX3K4Y0
28 Nov. 2017
Beggars sit outside an Orthodox church during a service... more
BELARUS-RELIGION/
RTX3K4XZ
28 Nov. 2017
A beggar sits outside an Orthodox church during a service... more
SPAIN-POLITICS/CATALONIA
RTX3HY7X
24 Oct. 2017
Cups containing coins are arranged on a street by a... more
UKRAINE-DAILYLIFE/
RTS1EY1J
3 Oct. 2017
A beggar feeds pigeons in a street in central Kiev,... more
GLOBAL-NIGHTLIFE
RTX3GFP9
15 Sep. 2017
People walk past a beggar sitting inside a subway at... more
SENEGAL-TRAFFICKING/
RTX2TWWI
16 Nov. 2016
Senegalese activist Issa Kouyate poses for a photo... more
SPAIN-POVERTY/
RTX2P89S
17 Oct. 2016
A beggar counts coins as he asks for alms during the... more
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RTX2P89Q
17 Oct. 2016
A beggar asks for alms during the International Day... more
SPAIN-POVERTY/
RTX2P59U
17 Oct. 2016
A woman gives a coin to a beggar at La Bola street... more
FRANCE-LVMH/
RTX2P2JT
16 Oct. 2016
A beggar and her child begs near a store of the Louis... more
RELIGION-EID/LEBANON
RTSN8IO
11 Sep. 2016
A beggar asks for help near toys displayed for sale... more
SPAIN-ECONOMY/UNEMPLOYMENT
RTSKHQ4
1 Aug. 2016
A man gives coins to a beggar at La Bola street in... more
RELIGION-RAMADAN/
RTX2HZ96
24 Jun. 2016
Muslim men beg for alms outside a mosque after Friday... more
UKRAINE-CRISIS/CRIMEA
RTX2DE0X
8 May. 2016
A Russian navy serviceman gives alms to a beggar on... more
SPAIN-ECONOMY/
RTX2CTD9
4 May. 2016
A woman gives a coin to a beggar at La Bola street... more
AUSTRALIA-PROPERTY/HOMELESS
RTS9E6H
5 Mar. 2016
A man claiming he is homeless begs for money as he... more
IRELAND-ELECTION/
RTX28E9M
24 Feb. 2016
A schoolgirl talks to a beggar near the Parliament... more
MIDEAST-CRISIS/IRAQ
RTX288GI
23 Feb. 2016
A beggar sits in the street in Baghdad February 23,... more
AUSTRALIA-ECONOMY/
RTX269WU
10 Feb. 2016
Pedestrians walk past a man holding a sign as he begs... more
GEORGIA-RATES/
RTX258UQ
3 Feb. 2016
A woman begs for money next to a board showing currency... more
EUROZONE-ECONOMY/PPI
RTX252CW
2 Feb. 2016
An elderly couple walks past a beggar outside a department... more
MALAYSIA-DAILYLIFE/
RTX21CU6
7 Jan. 2016
A woman begs for money at a meat market in Kuala Lumpur,... more
CZECH-WEATHER/
RTX2197L
6 Jan. 2016
A man with his dog begs for money on the medieval Charles... more
BOSNIA-ENVIRONMENT/
RTX1ZNUC
21 Dec. 2015
A beggar sits on the street in front of the Sarajevo... more
AUSTRIA-DAILYLIFE/
RTX1VRE8
25 Nov. 2015
A beggar kneels in front of an advertising billboard... more
AUSTRIA-DAILYLIFE/
RTX1VRE7
25 Nov. 2015
A beggar kneels in front of an advertising billboard... more
EGYPT-RAMSES/
RTS7S5S
18 Nov. 2015
Passengers are seen at Ramses station, Cairo's main... more
EGYPT-RAMSES/
RTS7RUZ
18 Nov. 2015
Passengers are seen at Ramses station, Cairo's main... more
EGYPT-RAMSES/
RTS7RUY
18 Nov. 2015
A passenger asks an employee looking out of a train... more
EGYPT-RAMSES/
RTS7RUW
18 Nov. 2015
Passengers are seen at Ramses station, Cairo's main... more
EDUCATION-GLOBAL/
RTS2DVM
30 Sep. 2015
Third grade students attend class at the Mashal Model... more
CAMBODIA-RELIGION/
RTX1SSDO
28 Sep. 2015
A woman offers money to beggars waiting outside a pagoda... more
BELARUS-DAILYLIFE/
RTSIKT
10 Sep. 2015
A man begs for money in central Minsk, September 10,... more
SPAIN-ECONOMY/
RTX1PYCD
27 Aug. 2015
A man gives coins to a beggar at La Bola street in... more
CZECH-DAILYLIFE/
RTX1M9X3
29 Jul. 2015
Tourists walk past a beggar on the medieval Charles... more
PORTUGAL-DAILYLIFE/
RTR4TXN1
18 Mar. 2015
A woman begs for money on a street in downtown Lisbon... more
AUSTRALIA-ECONOMY/
RTR4TSOA
18 Mar. 2015
A pedestrian walks past a man holding a sign as he... more
SPAIN-PROTEST/
RTR4QMA2
22 Feb. 2015
Men stage a protest in front of a central metro station... more
SPAIN-PROTEST/
RTR4QM9V
22 Feb. 2015
Men stage a kiss protest in front of a central metro... more
SPAIN-PROTEST/
RTR4QM9T
22 Feb. 2015
Men stage a kiss protest in front of a central metro... more
LEBANON-CHILDREN/
RTR4PSRV
16 Feb. 2015
A Syrian beggar sits with children on a sidewalk along... more
LEBANON-CHILDREN/
RTR4PSQL
16 Feb. 2015
A Syrian boy sits on a sidewalk as he begs for money... more
EUROZONE-GREECE/MARKETS
RTR4P5VG
11 Feb. 2015
A beggar on wheelchair is seen by a one Euro shop in... more
ITALY-DAILYLIFE/
RTR4OE61
5 Feb. 2015
A beggar walks holding a banner reading "help me" in... more
GREECE-BANKS/
RTR4NW8W
2 Feb. 2015
A woman withdraws cash from an ATM as a beggar sits... more
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