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NORTHKOREA-DEFECTOR/CRUTCHES
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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-IMMIGRATION/DACA-LA
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5 Sep. 2017
Paulina, 26, a DACA recipient, is comforted after watching... more
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5 Sep. 2017
Paulina, 26, a DACA recipient watches U.S. Attorney... more
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5 Sep. 2017
Paulina, 26, a DACA recipient during U.S. Attorney... more
MIDEAST-CRISIS/IRAQ-MOSUL-PICTURES
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11 Jul. 2017
A detained man, accused of being an Islamic State fighter,... more
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11 Jul. 2017
A detained man, accused of being an Islamic State fighter,... more
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26 Dec. 2016
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23 Dec. 2016
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23 Dec. 2016
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23 Dec. 2016
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23 Dec. 2016
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21 Dec. 2016
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21 Dec. 2016
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20 Dec. 2016
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20 Dec. 2016
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20 Dec. 2016
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20 Dec. 2016
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20 Dec. 2016
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20 Dec. 2016
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20 Dec. 2016
Mourners light candles at the Christmas market in Berlin,... more
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20 Dec. 2016
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20 Dec. 2016
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20 Dec. 2016
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20 Dec. 2016
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20 Dec. 2016
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TURKEY-BLAST/
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18 Dec. 2016
Bahri, father of Turkish soldier Fehmi Barcin, who... more
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18 Dec. 2016
Bahri, father of Turkish soldier Fehmi Barcin, who... more
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18 Dec. 2016
Ayse Barcin, mother of Fehmi Barcin, a Turkish soldier... more
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18 Dec. 2016
Ayse Barcin, mother of Fehmi Barcin, a Turkish soldier... more
ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS/
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18 Dec. 2016
Mourners react during the funeral of Palestinian Ahmed... more
PAKISTAN-AIRPLANE/
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8 Dec. 2016
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8 Dec. 2016
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8 Dec. 2016
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8 Dec. 2016
Relatives grieve as they wait for word on the collection... more
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8 Dec. 2016
Relatives grieve as they wait for word on the collection... more
COLOMBIA-CRASH/
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1 Dec. 2016
A man kisses his child during a tribute to Chapecoense... more
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1 Dec. 2016
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1 Dec. 2016
A fan of Chapecoense soccer team holds a flag with... more
MIDEAST-CRISIS/IRAQ-MOSUL
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1 Dec. 2016
An Iraqi father (L) mourns the death of his son, who... more
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1 Dec. 2016
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1 Dec. 2016
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1 Dec. 2016
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1 Dec. 2016
Youth players of Chapecoense soccer club pay tribute... more
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1 Dec. 2016
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1 Dec. 2016
Fans of Chapecoense soccer team pay tribute to Chapecoense's... more
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1 Dec. 2016
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1 Dec. 2016
Fans of Chapecoense soccer team pay tribute to Chapecoense's... more
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1 Dec. 2016
Fans of Chapecoense soccer team pay tribute to Chapecoense's... more
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1 Dec. 2016
Youth players of Chapecoense soccer club pay tribute... more
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1 Dec. 2016
Youth players of Chapecoense soccer club pay tribute... more
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1 Dec. 2016
Youth players of Chapecoense soccer club pay tribute... more
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1 Dec. 2016
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1 Dec. 2016
Relatives pay tribute to Chapecoense's players at the... more
CUBA-CASTRO/
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30 Nov. 2016
A mourner waves a Cuban flag while attending a tribute... more
COLOMBIA-CRASH
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30 Nov. 2016
Relatives of Brazilian journalist Guilherme Marques,... more
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30 Nov. 2016
Relatives of Brazilian journalist Guilherme Marques,... more
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30 Nov. 2016
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30 Nov. 2016
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30 Nov. 2016
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