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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
USA-SHUTDOWN/DREAMERS
RTS1LSAL
30 Jan. 2018
DACA recipient Karla Estrada, 26, poses for a portrait... more
USA-SHUTDOWN/DREAMERS
RTS1LS5M
30 Jan. 2018
DACA recipient Karla Estrada, 26, watches a TV show... more
USA-SHUTDOWN/DREAMERS
RTS1LS5G
30 Jan. 2018
DACA recipient Karla Estrada, 26, prepares dinner at... more
USA-SHUTDOWN/DREAMERS
RTS1LS5C
30 Jan. 2018
DACA recipient Karla Estrada, 26, walks to the station... more
Wider Image
Wider Image
Romania's Roma culture seeks stage
23 PICTURES
ROMANIA-THEATRE/
RTX4HJ5P
22 Jan. 2018
Inside the grey walls of an independent theatre in... more
AUSTRIA-POLITICS/PROTEST
RTX4A0CU
13 Jan. 2018
Protesters hold a sign with portraits of Austrian Chancellor... more
BRITAIN-HOMELESS/
RTX3WOOU
21 Dec. 2017
Outside London's Piccadilly theatre where tickets cost... more
GLOBAL-POY/STORIES
RTX3PB3L
11 Dec. 2017
Law enforcement officers detain an opposition supporter... more
GLOBAL-POY/STORIES
RTX3PB2X
11 Dec. 2017
Displaced Iraqi women who just fled their home, rest... more
GLOBAL-POY/STORIES
RTX3PB2E
11 Dec. 2017
Flames and smoke billow as firefighters deal with a... more
GLOBAL-POY/STORIES
RTX3PB26
11 Dec. 2017
Kandy Freeman takes part in a Black Lives Matter protest... more
GLOBAL-POY/STORIES
RTX3PB0U
11 Dec. 2017
Afghan policemen try to rescue four-year-old Ali Ahmad... more
GLOBAL-POY/TRUMP
RTX3M3VV
6 Dec. 2017
U.S. President Donald Trump (L-R), is joined by Chief... more
GLOBAL-POY/ISLAMIC-STATE
RTX3LA1A
4 Dec. 2017
Internally displaced Syrian children who fled Raqqa... more
GLOBAL-POY/ISLAMIC-STATE
RTX3L9ZL
4 Dec. 2017
Displaced Iraqi women who just fled their home, rest... more
GLOBAL-POY/VENEZUELA
RTX3KIKD
30 Nov. 2017
A demonstrator is detained at a rally during a strike... more
NORTHKOREA-KIMJONGUN/PARADE
RTX3KHPE
30 Nov. 2017
North Koreans stage a demonstration of devotion to... more
MYANMAR-ROHINGYA/TRADERS
RTX3JPSX
23 Nov. 2017
A dead chicken is seen on the floor of a chicken shop... more
MYANMAR-ROHINGYA/INJURIES
RTS1KA1Y
16 Nov. 2017
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGES OF SCENES OF INJURY... more
MYANMAR-ROHINGYA/INJURIES
RTS1KA1S
16 Nov. 2017
Rohingya refugee Ansar Allah, 11, poses for a photograph... more
USA-METOO/
RTS1HOBI
30 Oct. 2017
Jill Marklin, 40, poses for a #MeToo portrait in Detroit,... more
USA-METOO/
RTS1HO6H
30 Oct. 2017
Nancy Stalnaker, 35, poses for a #MeToo portrait in... more
USA-METOO/
RTS1HO4V
30 Oct. 2017
Ashleigh Strange, 29, poses for a #MeToo portrait in... more
USA-METOO/
RTS1HO1F
30 Oct. 2017
Theresa Joy, 39, poses for a #MeToo portrait in Detroit,... more
USA-METOO/
RTS1HO1E
30 Oct. 2017
Theresa Joy, 39, poses for a #MeToo portrait in Detroit,... more
KENYA-ELECTION/
RTS1FDQZ
6 Oct. 2017
Supporters of the opposition National Super Alliance... more
AUSTRIA-ELECTION/
RTS1F74W
5 Oct. 2017
Green party top candidate Ulrike Lunacek presents an... more
STORM-MARIA/
RTS1EYDM
3 Oct. 2017
Sharmaine Williams Stapleton looks at her mobile device... more
GERMANY-ELECTION/LINDNER RALLY
RTS1DE3F
23 Sep. 2017
Leader of Germany's Free Democrats (FDP) Christian... more
GERMANY-ELECTION/LINDNER RALLY
RTS1DE25
23 Sep. 2017
Leader of Germany's Free Democrats (FDP) Christian... more
GERMANY-ELECTION/LINDNER RALLY
RTS1DE10
23 Sep. 2017
Leader of Germany's Free Democrats (FDP) Christian... more
GERMANY-ELECTION/LINDNER RALLY
RTS1DE0S
23 Sep. 2017
Leader of Germany's Free Democrats (FDP) Christian... more
AWARDS-EMMYS/
RTX3FHMU
10 Sep. 2017
Choreographer Travis Wall jumps as he poses with his... more
AWARDS-EMMYS/
RTX3FHLN
10 Sep. 2017
Choreographer Travis Wall jumps as he poses with his... more
AWARDS-EMMYS/
RTX3FHLM
10 Sep. 2017
Choreographer Travis Wall jumps as he poses with his... more
AWARDS-EMMYS/
RTX3FHLL
10 Sep. 2017
Choreographer Travis Wall jumps as he poses with his... more
BRITAIN-EU/SCOTLAND
RTX3EB14
1 Sep. 2017
Scotland's Conservative Party leader Ruth Davidson... more
BRITAIN-EU/SCOTLAND
RTX3EB13
1 Sep. 2017
Scotland's Conservative Party leader Ruth Davidson... more
BRITAIN-EU/SCOTLAND
RTX3EB11
1 Sep. 2017
Scotland's Conservative Party leader Ruth Davidson... more
BRITAIN-EU/SCOTLAND
RTX3EB0Z
1 Sep. 2017
Scotland's Conservative Party leader Ruth Davidson... more
BRITAIN-EU/SCOTLAND
RTX3EB0X
1 Sep. 2017
Scotland's Conservative Party leader Ruth Davidson... more
 FRANCE-POLITICS/LABOUR
RTX3DUHH
29 Aug. 2017
French economist. Jean-Herve Lorenzi, President and... more
YEMEN-SECURITY/AIRSTRIKE
RTX3DFFS
26 Aug. 2017
Her bruised eyes still swollen shut, Buthaina Muhammad... more
VENEZUELA-POLITICS/INJURIES
RTS1D59Y
24 Aug. 2017
Najhud Najhla Colina, 23, a student, who was injured... more
VENEZUELA-POLITICS/INJURIES
RTS1D59X
24 Aug. 2017
Najhud Najhla Colina, 23, a student, who was injured... more
VENEZUELA-POLITICS/INJURIES
RTS1D590
24 Aug. 2017
Nearly 2,000 people were injured during four months... more
USA-PROTESTS/POLL C
RTS1CTSS
22 Aug. 2017
A majority of Americans think Confederate monuments... more
USA-PROTESTS/POLL C
RTS1CTSS
22 Aug. 2017
UNITED STATES
A majority of Americans think Confederate monuments should be preserved ­— not removed — from public spaces, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.
CANADA-HOUSING/ECONOMY
RTS19SIB
31 Jul. 2017
The housing boom in Canada has spurred job growth in... more
Interactive Content
MIDEAST-CRISIS/IRAQ-MOSUL-PICTURES
RTX3B194
11 Jul. 2017
Displaced Iraqi women, who just fled their home, rest... more
MIDEAST-CRISIS/IRAQ-MOSUL-PICTURES
RTX3B0ZV
11 Jul. 2017
Displaced Iraqi women, who just fled their home, rest... more
MUSIC-BRITAIN/GRIME
RTX3A31J
5 Jul. 2017
Grime artist Luciferian, MC of The Collective, poses... more
MUSIC-BRITAIN/GRIME
RTX3A30K
5 Jul. 2017
Grime artist Rage, MC of Slew Dem Crew, performs during... more
HONGKONG-ANNIVERSARY/IDENTITY
RTS18IJG
25 Jun. 2017
Wilson Li, who was born five months before the Hong... more
HONGKONG-ANNIVERSARY/IDENTITY
RTS18IJA
25 Jun. 2017
Apple Siu poses with her childhood photo around the... more
VENEZUELA-POLITICS/
RTS18DUF
23 Jun. 2017
Opposition supporters rallying against Venezuela's... more
USA-HEALTHCARE/POLL
RTS189JR
22 Jun. 2017
Most Americans dont think the Republican healthcare... more
Interactive Content
CANADA-ANNIVERSARY/CITIZENSHIP
RTS187IU
22 Jun. 2017
Yazan Almadani, 7, from Baghdad, Iraq, poses for a... more
VENEZUELA-POLITICS/
RTS184C4
21 Jun. 2017
Opposition supporters attend a candlelight rally to... more
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