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NORTHKOREA-DEFECTOR/CRUTCHES
RTX4ML43
1 Feb. 2018
Ji Seong-ho, 35, a North Korean defector who appeared... more
NORTHKOREA-DEFECTOR/CRUTCHES
RTX4ML43
1 Feb. 2018
Washington, UNITED STATES
Ji Seong-ho, 35, a North Korean defector who appeared at President Trump's State of the Union address this week, is from Hoeryong, near the border with China. He told Reuters last year about the wooden crutches that he left North Korea with in 2006. This is an edited translation of his story: "I lived as a child beggar in North Korea. I was stealing coal 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 coals 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/Jonathan
GLOBAL-POY/MYANMAR-ROHINGYA
RTX3VAE6
19 Dec. 2017
A man accused of stealing money from Rohingya refugees... more
ELSALVADOR-GANGS/
RTX3SIHY
15 Dec. 2017
Gang life in the poor Central American country of El... more
BRITAIN-DAILYLIFE/
RTX3R16P
13 Dec. 2017
A squirrel is trying to steal a cigarette from Tony... more
BRITAIN-DAILYLIFE/
RTX3QYVP
13 Dec. 2017
A pigeon flies in to steal peanuts from a squirrel... more
BRITAIN-DAILYLIFE/
RTX3QYTT
13 Dec. 2017
A squirrel is trying to steal a cigarette from Tony... more
BRITAIN-DAILYLIFE/
RTX3QYDB
13 Dec. 2017
A squirrel climbs up the legs of Tony Bousell, who... more
GLOBAL-POY/VENEZUELA
RTX3KINX
30 Nov. 2017
A demonstrators attends a rally against Venezuela's... more
KENYA-ELECTION/
RTS1G2OZ
11 Oct. 2017
Supporters of Kenyan opposition National Super Alliance... more
KENYA-ELECTION/
RTS1G2MV
11 Oct. 2017
Supporters of Kenyan opposition National Super Alliance... more
KENYA-ELECTION/
RTS1G2MU
11 Oct. 2017
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF INJURY... more
MYANMAR-ROHINGYA/BANGLADESH
RTX3FZNT
13 Sep. 2017
A man accused of stealing money from Rohingya refugees... more
MYANMAR-ROHINGYA/BANGLADESH
RTX3FZID
13 Sep. 2017
A man accused of stealing money from Rohingya refugees... more
VENEZUELA-POLITICS/PROTESTERS
RTS194RJ
29 Jun. 2017
A demonstrator holding a rudimentary shield poses for... more
BRAZIL-CORRUPTION/
RTS18IE5
25 Jun. 2017
Brazilian artist and activist Mundano paints an anti-corruption... more
BRAZIL-CORRUPTION/
RTS18IE1
25 Jun. 2017
Brazilian artist and activist Subtu paints an anti-corruption... more
BRAZIL-CORRUPTION/
RTS18FAO
24 Jun. 2017
Children talk with Brazilian artist and activist Iaco... more
BRAZIL-CORRUPTION/
RTS18FAN
24 Jun. 2017
Children stand next to an artwork of Brazilian artist... more
BRAZIL-CORRUPTION/
RTS18FAM
24 Jun. 2017
Children look at an artwork of Brazilian artist and... more
BRITAIN-ELECTION/NIRELAND
RTX38NWR
2 Jun. 2017
People walk past a faded message on a wall saying 'They... more
HUNGARY-TYCOON/JOBBIK
RTX33U02
3 Apr. 2017
Pedestrians pass by posters showing Hungarian Prime... more
HUNGARY-TYCOON/JOBBIK
RTX33TZZ
3 Apr. 2017
Pedestrians pass by posters showing Hungarian Prime... more
HUNGARY-TYCOON/JOBBIK
RTX33TZW
3 Apr. 2017
A driver gets out of his car next to posters showing... more
HUNGARY-TYCOON/JOBBIK
RTX33TZV
3 Apr. 2017
Pedestrians pass by posters showing Hungarian Prime... more
BRAZIL-CARNIVAL/SECURITY
RTSYSRU
15 Feb. 2017
Navy soldiers patrol where according to local media... more
BRAZIL-CARNIVAL/SECURITY
RTSYSRS
15 Feb. 2017
Navy soldiers patrol where according to local media... more
BRAZIL-CARNIVAL/SECURITY
RTSYSQV
15 Feb. 2017
Navy soldiers patrol where according to local media... more
BRAZIL-CARNIVAL/SECURITY
RTSYSLT
15 Feb. 2017
Workers carry a dead body as a navy soldier patrols... more
BRAZIL-VIOLENCE/ESPIRITO SANTO
RTX30D7L
9 Feb. 2017
Policemen detained a man suspected of stealing a motorcycle... more
BRAZIL-VIOLENCE/ESPIRITO SANTO
RTX30D7F
9 Feb. 2017
Policemen detained a man suspected of stealing a motorcycle... more
BRAZIL-VIOLENCE/ESPIRITO SANTO
RTX30CX0
9 Feb. 2017
Policemen detained two men suspected of stealing a... more
BRAZIL-VIOLENCE/ESPIRITO SANTO
RTX30CW6
9 Feb. 2017
Policemen detained a man suspected of stealing a motorcycle... more
BRAZIL-VIOLENCE/ESPIRITO SANTO
RTX30CW5
9 Feb. 2017
Policemen detained a man suspected of stealing a motorcycle... more
BRAZIL-VIOLENCE/ESPIRITO SANTO
RTX3023Q
7 Feb. 2017
Men suspected of stealing from stores sit on the ground... more
BRAZIL-VIOLENCE/ESPIRITO SANTO
RTX3023P
7 Feb. 2017
Men suspected of stealing from stores sit on the ground... more
BRAZIL-VIOLENCE/ESPIRITO SANTO
RTX2ZZM6
7 Feb. 2017
Army officers detain two men suspected of stealing... more
BRAZIL-VIOLENCE/ESPIRITO SANTO
RTX2ZZJY
7 Feb. 2017
Men suspected of stealing from stores are detained... more
BRAZIL-VIOLENCE/ESPIRITO SANTO
RTX2ZZJI
7 Feb. 2017
Men suspected of stealing from stores are detained... more
BRAZIL-VIOLENCE/ESPIRITO SANTO
RTX2ZZHW
7 Feb. 2017
A policeman detains men suspected of stealing from... more
BRAZIL-VIOLENCE/ESPIRITO SANTO
RTX2ZZHV
7 Feb. 2017
A policeman detains men suspected of stealing from... more
BRAZIL-VIOLENCE/ESPIRITO SANTO
RTX2ZXLH
7 Feb. 2017
Army officers detain two men suspected of stealing... more
Wider Image
Wider Image
Ancient chicken ceremony in China
15 PICTURES
LUNAR-NEWYEAR/CHINA-CHICKEN
RTX2Z12A
31 Jan. 2017
Ethnic 'Kam' (also known as Dong) women get ready for... more
LUNAR-NEWYEAR/CHINA-CHICKEN
RTX2Z129
31 Jan. 2017
Ethnic 'Kam' (also known as Dong) women take a selfie... more
LUNAR-NEWYEAR/CHINA-CHICKEN
RTX2Z127
31 Jan. 2017
An ethnic 'Kam' (also known as Dong) man throws a duck... more
LUNAR-NEWYEAR/CHINA-CHICKEN
RTX2Z125
31 Jan. 2017
A duck is seen thrown by ethnic 'Kam' (also known as... more
LUNAR-NEWYEAR/CHINA-CHICKEN
RTX2Z123
31 Jan. 2017
Ethnic 'Kam' (also known as Dong) women get ready for... more
LUNAR-NEWYEAR/CHINA-CHICKEN
RTX2Z122
31 Jan. 2017
Ethnic 'Kam' (also known as Dong) men stand after celebrating... more
LUNAR-NEWYEAR/CHINA-CHICKEN
RTX2Z121
31 Jan. 2017
A live chicken and a duck are tied on poles during... more
LUNAR-NEWYEAR/CHINA-CHICKEN
RTX2Z120
31 Jan. 2017
Ethnic 'Kam' (also known as Dong) women walk with a... more
LUNAR-NEWYEAR/CHINA-CHICKEN
RTX2Z11Y
31 Jan. 2017
An ethnic 'Kam' (also known as Dong) boy pulls the... more
LUNAR-NEWYEAR/CHINA-CHICKEN
RTX2Z11W
31 Jan. 2017
Ethnic 'Kam' (also known as Dong) women and men take... more
LUNAR-NEWYEAR/CHINA-CHICKEN
RTX2Z11V
31 Jan. 2017
The head of a chicken is seen on the ground during... more
LUNAR-NEWYEAR/CHINA-CHICKEN
RTX2Z11U
31 Jan. 2017
An ethnic 'Kam' (also known as Dong) bride has her... more
LUNAR-NEWYEAR/CHINA-CHICKEN
RTX2Z11R
31 Jan. 2017
An ethnic 'Kam' (also known as Dong) man touches the... more
LUNAR-NEWYEAR/CHINA-CHICKEN
RTX2Z11Q
31 Jan. 2017
An ethnic 'Kam' (also known as Dong) man pulls a live... more
LUNAR-NEWYEAR/CHINA-CHICKEN
RTX2Z11H
31 Jan. 2017
An ethnic 'Kam' (also known as Dong) man pulls the... more
VENEZUELA-ECONOMY/
RTX2VEK6
17 Dec. 2016
A man places a placard on a truck, which reads: "Maduro,... more
SPAIN-POLITICS/
RTSUCY4
2 Dec. 2016
Coca-Cola factory workers protest against their working... more
SPAIN-POLITICS/
RTSUCY2
2 Dec. 2016
Coca-Cola factory workers protest against their working... more
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