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The last children on South Korea's ageing island
After decades of national urbanization, and a long-gone birth control drive, the island of Nokdo encapsulates the demographic slump that was the population of Asia's fourth-largest economy drop for the first time last year.
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March 15, 2021
Lyoo Chan-hee, 10, and his younger sister Lyoo Chae-hee, 7, roller blade on Nokdo island in Boryeong,...
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The Wider Image: The last children on South Korea's ageing island
Lyoo Chan-hee, 10, and his younger sister Lyoo Chae-hee, 7, roller blade on Nokdo island in Boryeong, South Korea, February 26, 2021. "It would be great if I have more friends here because I can have more options to play," said Chan-hee. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji SEARCH "NOKDO AGEING " FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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March 15, 2021
Kim Si-young, 66, cooks oysters for siblings Lyoo Chan-hee, 10, and Lyoo Chae-hee, 7, on Nokdo island...
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The Wider Image: The last children on South Korea's ageing island
Kim Si-young, 66, cooks oysters for siblings Lyoo Chan-hee, 10, and Lyoo Chae-hee, 7, on Nokdo island in Boryeong, South Korea, February 28, 2021. "I cried so much (when the island school closed in 2006)," said Kim. "I want to protect Nokdo but it's depressing to see fewer and fewer people here." REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji SEARCH "NOKDO AGEING " FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 15, 2021
Kim Si-young, 66, looks at an old photo album at his home on Nokdo island in Boryeong, South Korea, February...
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The Wider Image: The last children on South Korea's ageing island
Kim Si-young, 66, looks at an old photo album at his home on Nokdo island in Boryeong, South Korea, February 27, 2021. "I cried so much (when the island school closed in 2006)," said Kim. "I want to protect Nokdo but it's depressing to see fewer and fewer people here." REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji SEARCH "NOKDO AGEING " FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 15, 2021
Kim Si-young, 66, cooks oysters on Nokdo island in Boryeong, South Korea, February 27, 2021. "When we...
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The Wider Image: The last children on South Korea's ageing island
Kim Si-young, 66, cooks oysters on Nokdo island in Boryeong, South Korea, February 27, 2021. "When we went for (national service) military training some of us used to undergo vasectomy to curb population growth," said Kim. "Some got their wives to get it done." REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji SEARCH "NOKDO AGEING " FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 15, 2021
Lyoo Chae-hee, 7, waves at a ferry as it departs from Nokdo island in Boryeong, South Korea, February...
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The Wider Image: The last children on South Korea's ageing island
Lyoo Chae-hee, 7, waves at a ferry as it departs from Nokdo island in Boryeong, South Korea, February 26, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji SEARCH "NOKDO AGEING " FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 15, 2021
Choi Jin-sung, a teacher, teaches Lyoo Chan-hee, 10, and Kim Si-hu, 9, during class on the first day...
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The Wider Image: The last children on South Korea's ageing island
Choi Jin-sung, a teacher, teaches Lyoo Chan-hee, 10, and Kim Si-hu, 9, during class on the first day of the new semester at their school on Nokdo island in Boryeong, South Korea, March 2, 2021. "It would be great if I have more friends here because I can have more options to play," said Chan-hee. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji SEARCH "NOKDO AGEING " FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 15, 2021
Lyoo Chan-hee, 10, Lyoo Chae-hee, 7, and Lyoo Ye-hee, 3, eat lunch with their mother, Won Ji-hui 41,...
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The Wider Image: The last children on South Korea's ageing island
Lyoo Chan-hee, 10, Lyoo Chae-hee, 7, and Lyoo Ye-hee, 3, eat lunch with their mother, Won Ji-hui 41, and father, Lyoo Geun-pil, 42, at their home on Nokdo island in Boryeong, South Korea, March 2, 2021. "I'm also worried this place might disappear soon," Geun-pil said. "My first one (Chan-hee) needs to go to a middle school in two years ... I want to give some hope (to folks on the island) by finding a way to give middle school education to Chan-hee from here." REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji SEARCH "NOKDO AGEING " FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 15, 2021
Lyoo Chan-hee, 10, helps an eldery resident turn the pages of a bible, during a church service on Nokdo...
BORYEONG, South Korea
The Wider Image: The last children on South Korea's ageing island
Lyoo Chan-hee, 10, helps an eldery resident turn the pages of a bible, during a church service on Nokdo island in Boryeong, South Korea, February 28, 2021. "Seoul is so crowded, noisy and the air is not good," said Chan-hee. "Nokdo has no traffic, isn't noisy and the air is clean. I can play outside more actively, so I like it here." REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji SEARCH "NOKDO AGEING " FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 15, 2021
Lyoo Chan-hee, 10, his younger sister Lyoo Chae-hee, 7, and Lyoo Ye-hee, 3, get ready to go to sleep...
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The Wider Image: The last children on South Korea's ageing island
Lyoo Chan-hee, 10, his younger sister Lyoo Chae-hee, 7, and Lyoo Ye-hee, 3, get ready to go to sleep at their home on Nokdo island in Boryeong, South Korea, March 1, 2021. "Seoul is so crowded, noisy and the air is not good," said Chan-hee. "Nokdo has no traffic, isn't noisy and the air is clean. I can play outside more actively, so I like it here." REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji SEARCH "NOKDO AGEING " FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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March 15, 2021
Houses are seen on Nokdo island in Boryeong, South Korea, March 1, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji SEARCH...
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The Wider Image: The last children on South Korea's ageing island
Houses are seen on Nokdo island in Boryeong, South Korea, March 1, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji SEARCH "NOKDO AGEING " FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 15, 2021
Choi Jin-sung, a teacher, prays as he departs for Nokdo island in Boryeong, South Korea, February 25,...
BORYEONG, South Korea
The Wider Image: The last children on South Korea's ageing island
Choi Jin-sung, a teacher, prays as he departs for Nokdo island in Boryeong, South Korea, February 25, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji SEARCH "NOKDO AGEING " FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 15, 2021
Lyoo Chae-hee, 7, and Lyoo Ye-hee, 3, travel to a beach on Nokdo island in Boryeong, South Korea, February...
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The Wider Image: The last children on South Korea's ageing island
Lyoo Chae-hee, 7, and Lyoo Ye-hee, 3, travel to a beach on Nokdo island in Boryeong, South Korea, February 28, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji SEARCH "NOKDO AGEING " FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 15, 2021
Lyoo Chan-hee, 10, looks at cactuses at Life Is A Flower (LIAF) Garden Center in Asan, South Korea, February...
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Lyoo Chan-hee, 10, looks at cactuses at Life Is A Flower (LIAF) Garden Center in Asan, South Korea, February 23, 2021. "Seoul is so crowded, noisy and the air is not good," said Chan-hee. "Nokdo has no traffic, isn't noisy and the air is clean. I can play outside more actively, so I like it here." REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji SEARCH "NOKDO AGEING " FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 15, 2021
Lyoo Chan-hee, 10, checks the body temperature of a resident, before a church service on Nokdo island...
BORYEONG, South Korea
The Wider Image: The last children on South Korea's ageing island
Lyoo Chan-hee, 10, checks the body temperature of a resident, before a church service on Nokdo island in Boryeong, South Korea, February 28, 2021. "Seoul is so crowded, noisy and the air is not good," said Chan-hee. "Nokdo has no traffic, isn't noisy and the air is clean. I can play outside more actively, so I like it here." REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji SEARCH "NOKDO AGEING " FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 15, 2021
Lyoo Chan-hee, 10, and Lyoo Chae-hee, 7, prepare to go to school on the first day of the new semester,...
BORYEONG, South Korea
The Wider Image: The last children on South Korea's ageing island
Lyoo Chan-hee, 10, and Lyoo Chae-hee, 7, prepare to go to school on the first day of the new semester, at their home on Nokdo island in Boryeong, South Korea, March 2, 2021. "Seoul is so crowded, noisy and the air is not good," said Chan-hee. "Nokdo has no traffic, isn't noisy and the air is clean. I can play outside more actively, so I like it here." REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji SEARCH "NOKDO AGEING " FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 15, 2021
Lyoo Chae-hee, 7, prepares to go to school on the first day of the new semester, at her home on Nokdo...
BORYEONG, South Korea
The Wider Image: The last children on South Korea's ageing island
Lyoo Chae-hee, 7, prepares to go to school on the first day of the new semester, at her home on Nokdo island in Boryeong, South Korea, March 2, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji SEARCH "NOKDO AGEING " FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 15, 2021
Lyoo Chan-hee, 10, rides a swing before going to school on the first day of the new semester, at his...
BORYEONG, South Korea
The Wider Image: The last children on South Korea's ageing island
Lyoo Chan-hee, 10, rides a swing before going to school on the first day of the new semester, at his home on Nokdo island in Boryeong, South Korea, March 2, 2021. "It would be great if I have more friends here because I can have more options to play," said Chan-hee. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji SEARCH "NOKDO AGEING " FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 15, 2021
Lyoo Chan-hee, 10, Lyoo Chae-hee, 7, and Kim Si-hu, 9, make their way to school on the first day of the...
BORYEONG, South Korea
The Wider Image: The last children on South Korea's ageing island
Lyoo Chan-hee, 10, Lyoo Chae-hee, 7, and Kim Si-hu, 9, make their way to school on the first day of the new semester, on Nokdo island in Boryeong, South Korea, March 2, 2021. "Seoul is so crowded, noisy and the air is not good," said Chan-hee. "Nokdo has no traffic, isn't noisy and the air is clean. I can play outside more actively, so I like it here." REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji SEARCH "NOKDO AGEING " FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 15, 2021
Lyoo Chan-hee, 10, and Lyoo Chae-hee, 7, visit Nokdo elementary school which was permanently closed in...
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The Wider Image: The last children on South Korea's ageing island
Lyoo Chan-hee, 10, and Lyoo Chae-hee, 7, visit Nokdo elementary school which was permanently closed in 2006, on Nokdo island in Boryeong, South Korea, March 2, 2021. "It would be great if I have more friends here because I can have more options to play," said Chan-hee. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji SEARCH "NOKDO AGEING " FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 15, 2021
Lyoo Chan-hee, 10, plays with his younger sister Lyoo Chae-hee, 7, on Nokdo island in Boryeong, South...
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The Wider Image: The last children on South Korea's ageing island
Lyoo Chan-hee, 10, plays with his younger sister Lyoo Chae-hee, 7, on Nokdo island in Boryeong, South Korea, February 28, 2021. "Seoul is so crowded, noisy and the air is not good," said Chan-hee. "Nokdo has no traffic, isn't noisy and the air is clean. I can play outside more actively, so I like it here." REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji SEARCH "NOKDO AGEING " FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 15, 2021
Lyoo Chan-hee, 10, and Kim Si-hu, 9, use skipping ropes on the first day of the new semester at their...
BORYEONG, South Korea
The Wider Image: The last children on South Korea's ageing island
Lyoo Chan-hee, 10, and Kim Si-hu, 9, use skipping ropes on the first day of the new semester at their school on Nokdo island in Boryeong, South Korea, March 2, 2021. "Seoul is so crowded, noisy and the air is not good," said Chan-hee. "Nokdo has no traffic, isn't noisy and the air is clean. I can play outside more actively, so I like it here." REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji SEARCH "NOKDO AGEING " FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 15, 2021
Lyoo Ye-hee, 3, plays hide and seek with her siblings on Nokdo island in Boryeong, South Korea, February...
BORYEONG, South Korea
The Wider Image: The last children on South Korea's ageing island
Lyoo Ye-hee, 3, plays hide and seek with her siblings on Nokdo island in Boryeong, South Korea, February 28, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji SEARCH "NOKDO AGEING " FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 15, 2021
A resident fishes on Nokdo island in Boryeong, South Korea, February 28, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji ...
BORYEONG, South Korea
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A resident fishes on Nokdo island in Boryeong, South Korea, February 28, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji SEARCH "NOKDO AGEING " FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 15, 2021
A ferry travelling to Nokdo island departs the mainland of Boryeong, South Korea, February 25, 2021....
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A ferry travelling to Nokdo island departs the mainland of Boryeong, South Korea, February 25, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji SEARCH "NOKDO AGEING " FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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